Welcomed by Marion Rousse, director of the women’s Tour de France, and Christian Prudhomme, her colleague of the men’s Tour, Élisabeth Borne came to meet the riders on Thursday before the start of the fifth stage between Bar-le-Duc and Saint-Dié . -des- Vosges. After the first kilometers in the car of the director of the event, he left the road to attend a village meeting with the elected leaders of the area.
Between the two, he took a few minutes to return to the Olympic and Paralympic Council on Monday at the Élysée Palace and the announcement of the sport ordered a major national cause in 2024.
“Why did you follow this 5th stage of the Tour de France women?
I really wanted to be there because it is the first edition of the women’s Tour de France in a new format. The tour is a popular festival, a big and free show. It is also a requirement of high level sport and it is important to support these runners who are true champions.
Are you a sports fan?
I strongly believe in sports, it allows young people to mobilize all their talents, to show how they can surpass them. It prepares life. When I was at Polytechnique, I had the chance to discover rowing, which is a wonderful sport, an important vector of balance. In the Ministry of Labour, I met many young people who had lost confidence, who did not have an academic project and who were helped by sports clubs that do a very good job in academic cooperation.
What to remember from the Olympic and Paralympic Council on Monday at the Élysée?
The countdown has begun, we have two years left before the big event. It is an opportunity for our country to organize the Summer Games because we have not organized them for a century and it is obviously an opportunity to show the best image of our country. I will convene the Olympic and Paralympic staff committee twice by the summer of 2023, more if necessary, and then we will be quarterly.
Do you have any concerns, especially about the opening ceremony on the Seine?
It is a very big challenge. The very strong choice that was made for the opening ceremony of the Olympic and Paralympic Games, not in the stadium but outside, means more demand. This will require significant preparation on the river, many routes and rigors. We will mobilize all the necessary security forces, Operation Sentinel for example, and we will also need private security.
However, the sector is understaffed…
I cannot bring myself to the idea that we cannot recruit in these professions because it can be the first step towards another professional direction, such as the municipal police. We are very concerned about these security issues.
“Now is the time to speed up sports practice for people with disabilities and triple the number of clubs that can afford them”
And on the possibility of budget drifts?
The President said: The Games will pay for the Games, there is no question of asking French taxpayers to pay for the Games. Solideo (Olympic outsourcing company) is doing a great job, it’s fantastic to see the sites are on time, budgets are set and it should go like this until the start of the Games. And then there is the issue of heritage, we want with the President of the Republic that these Games are the Games of all the French people.
They don’t seem very involved at the moment…
That’s why we announced the opening of a popular ticket office by buying 400,000 seats for everyone to join the party. I haven’t forgotten the Olympics, it’s time to step up sports practice for people with disabilities and triple the number of clubs that can afford them. Movements are launched by dynamic clubs and this must be part of the legacy of the Games.
What about accessibility, which was one of the priorities for people with disabilities?
As all metro stations are not accessible, we are working to find an alternative solution: all trams are available and then we will strengthen the buses, especially for delegates. The Paralympic Games must also be a great celebration.
Sport, the main national cause in 2024, what exactly does it mean?
This means that we really want games to be part of the legacy of these Games. The whole government will be motivated to develop sports practice, to make people want to play sports. Last week I was in Vaulx-en-Velin (suburb of Lyon) with young people who cannot go on vacation and who will benefit from the promotion of sports clubs to move and not stay alone at home. It is also to appreciate all the assets of sports to learn life in society, to stick to the profession. We want to continue to promote sports in schools, sports in colleges, in higher education and in business. »