Paris 2024 Olympic Games
Four days after the words of the mayor of Paris, estimating that public transport will not be ready in time for the Olympic Games, the Minister of Sports reacted virulently on Sunday.
France Télévisions – Sports Editorial
Published on 11/27/2023 08:31
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Will we be ready for the Paris 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games on the issue of transport? After the remarks of the mayor of the capital, Anne Hidalgo, on November 22, estimating that“we’re not going to be ready” in public transport at the time of the Games, citing an insufficient number and frequency of trains in certain places, the Minister of Sports, Olympic and Paralympic Games, Amélie Oudéa-Castera responded, without mincing her words.
RTL guest of the show Let’s play sports againSunday, November 26, the minister showed herself exasperated by the behavior of Anne Hidalgo. “The sequence that just happened is quite heartbreaking. We saw the mayor of Paris playing politics behind the Games, she approached. We are going to be stronger than that. If we have to organize the Games without her, and if we have to organize them in spite of her, we will do it. » » even insisted Amélie Oudéa-Castera. For this one, the most “What is unacceptable is that it condemns teams who are in difficulty. If she had said we’re not ready yet, I wouldn’t have blamed her. But there, it discourages thousands of people. This is what is not acceptable at the moment. »
“We will be stronger than that”
Despite these strong criticisms, Amélie Oudéa-Castéra assured “never had a problem” with Anne Hidalgo. “I work very well with his teams. I never disrespected him, the opposite is not true. I want everyone who has something to bring to this Games equation to do so. If she’s not ready to do it, we’ll be stronger than that.” she retorted again.
The Minister of Sports and the Olympic and Paralympic Games also spoke about the last meeting of the organizing committee for the Games, organized on Thursday November 23. According to the latter, the mayor of the capital, » showed a rather improbable levity, arriving half an hour late and leaving a quarter of an hour before the end, pretending or saying that she had a wedding and that she could not keep the guests waiting. married when I was going to answer him what. that we were going to do on the theme of the homeless in Paris”, replied Amélie Oudéa-Castéra again.
“She said that this subject (the homeless) concerns her but obviously the answer does not interest her. »
Amélie Oudéa-Castéra, Minister of Sports
Earlier in the day, the minister responsible for transport Clément Beaune had already responded to the mayor of Paris, judging ” ashamed “ the words of Anne Hidalgo, even speaking of a “political betrayal”. “Will the infrastructure be ready on time? Yes, “ replied Clément Beaune. “Is there still work?” Yes “, recognized the minister who, like Anne Hidalgo, comes from the socialist party. “But we will meet this historic challenge” he assured. The extension of metro line 14, to the north and south, is ” on time “, according to him, as well as the RER E line, particularly targeted by the mayor of Paris. “When we are ready to sacrifice the image of France to end a controversy on a doubtful subject, we are no match for France”» he added, in reference to the controversy arising from the trip of the mayor of Paris to Tahiti.
Finally, he also judged “premature” And “too brutal”, Especially in the absence of consultation with Ile-de-France and neighboring communities, the idea put forward by the Paris town hall of reducing the speed on the Paris ring road from 70 km/h to 50 km/h after the Olympics .