followed by the opening ceremony and then the first match of the competition between Qatar and Ecuador from 15:30.

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2:23 pm : The opening ceremony of this contested World Cup starts at 15:40 French time (which is two hours behind Qatar). It should last half an hour and many leaders will be present. We summarize what we know about the show, as well as the difficulties of Qataris in finding singers who agree to perform on the spot – it is finally a member of the K-Pop group BTS who sticks to everything now.

2:19 pm : .@oliviermarleix, President of the LR Group in the National Assembly: “Obviously, Qatar has many flaws. At the same time, it is during these kinds of events that we talk about these topics – well, let them be put on the table.” #QuestionsPol https://t.co/uDgecIoT4H

2:19 pm : “Obviously Qatar has many flaws, of course I wouldn’t like to live in Qatar”, comments for his part the head of deputies LR Olivier Marleix, who does not call for a boycott. He sees in the organization of the World Cup in the emirate “chance” put certain subjects “on the table”.

2:16 pm : 💬 “We call for a diplomatic boycott of this World Cup” in Qatar➡ @MathildePanot president of LFI group at the National Assembly https://t.co/buUDbURMJk

2:16 pm : On BFMTV, LFI deputy leader Mathilde Panot asked “diplomatic boycott” of the World Cup from France. This is not the executive’s position, since Interior Minister Gérald Darmanin is expected to attend the opening ceremony later, and Emmanuel Macron plans to travel to Qatar if the Blues reach the semi-finals.

2:04 pm : It’s time to take stock of this Sunday’s news:

The states present in Egypt have reached an agreement in which the developed countries commit themselves for the first time to the creation of a fund to compensate “the losses and damages” of the poorest and most vulnerable countries. A historic text, but insufficient in the eyes of many participants, due to the lack of new commitments to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Here’s what to remember.

A few hours before the opening of the most controversial and disproportionate World Cup in history, Ballon d’Or winner Karim Benzema announced his package with France: the Blues striker injured his thigh yesterday in training. He will not be replaced in the group, Didier Deschamps announced.

• Russia and Ukraine accuse each other of being responsible for the explosions that hit the Zaporizhia nuclear power plant. According to the Russian military, which occupies the site, no peak of radioactivity has been observed.

2:03 pm : On the part of Senegal, it is not an injury that threatens the participation of the Monaco player Ismail Jakobs, but an administrative problem related to the change of sporting nationality of the one who played for Germany in the youth team. He won’t play against the Netherlands tomorrow, confirmed his coach, who hopes to recover him for the rest of the World Cup, but has called up a team that could replace him, Moussa Ndiaye, as the 26th player.

2:02 pm : France’s first opponent on Tuesday, Australia announced the retirement of one of their strikers, Hibernian player Martin Boyle, who will be replaced by a young Melbourne City player, Marco Tilio.

1:56 pm : The 42-year-old ruler is also behind the takeover of PSG by Qatar Sports Investments (QSI), a subsidiary of the Qatar Investment Authority (QIA) sovereign wealth fund. And if he has put his trusted man, Nasser Al-Khelaïfi, in charge of the club, it is he who validates from Doha the global strategy, the key transfers such as those of Kylian Mbappé, Neymar or Lionel Messi, or the changes of coach .


1:55 pm : The Emir of Qatar Tamim Ben Hamad Al Thani is one of the architects of the World Cup which opens this afternoon, the culmination of a strategy in sport which has allowed the small emirate to exist, to radiate and protect itself from its neighbors in the Gulf. I present to you this character who has become central to world sport, for whom this World Cup is much more than a football story.

(FRANCOIS-XAVIER MARIT/AFP)

12:37 : On Twitch, our correspondents in Qatar Raphaël Godet and Pierre Godon evoke the latter’s article on the day in 2010 when Qatar won the organization of this World Cup, to everyone’s surprise and in a sulphurous atmosphere . The opportunity to recover if you missed it yesterday.

12:32 : Good morning @Adrian, and to all those who have asked me this same question. All our information on this World Cup, whether it concerns football or the organization and the controversies that accompany it, is reported by the keyword #MONDIAL_2022. To hide them, you must click on this keyword at the beginning of one of my posts, and press the button that appears at the top of the column (“exclude” or “follow”, depending on the platform where you read us). This will allow you to respect your will to boycott this World Cup, or simply focus on the rest of the news.

12:32 : Indigestion of the world in Qatar… How to delete all information about him from the info thread? Otherwise I log out of franceinfo for 3 weeks (which would be a pity!).

12:25 : One of the many issues raised by those who criticize the attribution of this World Cup to Qatar is its ecological balance. If air conditioning in stadiums has attracted a lot of attention, it is transport that will weigh the most on the carbon footprint, underlines this graph by Noé Bauduin. You will find the details in this article, as well as many other figures about this World Cup.

12:22 : The World Cup that opens just now is one of all excesses. Our journalist Noé Bauduin has examined some numbers that underline this, starting from the estimated budget of the competition.

12:07 : During the World Cup, we will offer four more Twitch live streams on the franceinfo channel on Wednesday 23 November and Thursday 1, 8 and 15 December, always at noon, again with Myriam Bonafaa and our reporters Pierre Godon and Raphaël Bucket. They will tell us their impressions of the place and will be able to answer the questions you ask them about the social, ecological and economic aspects of the World Cup.

12:03 : A few hours before the launch of the World Cup, our two special correspondents in Qatar Raphaël Godet and Pierre Godon answer your questions live on the Twitch platform for the moment to come. The debate has just begun.

2:04 pm : Let’s remember the news of this Sunday:

The states present in Egypt have reached an agreement in which the developed countries commit themselves for the first time to the creation of a fund to compensate “the losses and damages” of the poorest and most vulnerable countries. A historic text, but insufficient in the eyes of many participants, due to the lack of new commitments to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Here’s what to remember.

A few hours before the opening of the most controversial and disproportionate World Cup in history, Ballon d’Or winner Karim Benzema announced his package with France: the Blues striker injured his thigh yesterday in training. He will not be replaced in the group, Didier Deschamps announced.

Billionaire Elon Musk, who had made it one of his warhorses in his desire to buy Twitter, has lifted the suspension of former US President Donald Trump. The latter, a candidate for the next presidential elections, assures that for the moment he wants to favor another network (his own), Truth Social.

Turkey has announced the launch of an air operation against the Kurds in northern Iraq and Syria, unveiled as a response to an attack on Istanbul last week.

11:21am : On the other hand, the other injured Blues, Raphaël Varane, “will be available” for the match against Australia on Tuesday, Didier Deschamps assures. This does not guarantee that the defender will hold.

11:25 : The Blues will therefore be 25 in Qatar, although Didier Deschamps has the right to call up a new player until tomorrow, to replace the injured striker. When asked to “Téléfoot” about the possibility of calling up a new striker, the coach answered in the negative, without further justification. End of hopes, therefore, for candidates like Wissam Ben Yedder, Moussa Diaby or Martin Terrier.

1:04 pm : Didier Deschamps will not call up a new player to replace Karim Benzema, package for the entire competition with France.

11:02 : The opening of the World Cup in Qatar is obviously in much of the press this morning. While the regional newspapers underline the bitter taste of this competition organized in Qatar, The Parisian switch to the sporty look. Based on a survey of 1,000 Internet users, the newspaper states that only 12% of “football fans” I won’t watch any games this year.

1:32 pm : Who will replace Karim Benzema? Didier Deschamps, who was already preparing to leave him on the bench against Australia on Tuesday, has Olivier Giroud up front in training. World Cup regulations allow him to call up a new player until tomorrow. In his message, Karim Benzema alludes to it, explaining that he prefers it “leave (his) seat to someone who can help our group”, but the coach has not announced whether he will. Monaco striker Wissam Ben Yedder, who replaced Benzema at the European Championships, appears to be the main candidate.

1:31 pm : Karim Benzema, 34, will probably never compete in a new World Cup. Selected in 2014, he was dismissed in 2018 as the Blues won the world title. A month ago he won the Ballon d’Or. A British journalist advance that this is the first time that the holder of this award will not play the World Cup since 1978 and Kevin Keegan. Benzema’s dolphin, Senegalese Sadio Mané, also suffered the same fate.

09:48 : In my life I’ve never given up but tonight I have to think about the team as I always have so reason tells me to leave my seat to someone who can help our group achieve a great World Cup. Thanks for all your messages of support 🙌🏼❤️ https://t.co/SBalX0juAH

1.30pm : It was the thunder that struck the Blues fans yesterday and, more generally, all observers of world football: Karim Benzema was injured in training and will not play in the World Cup. The attacker spoke on social media last night: “Reason tells me to leave my seat”he writes, while doubts remained at first about whether he would recover during the competition.

1:08 pm : Let’s start by recalling the information of the last few hours, and there’s a lot of it:

The states present in Egypt have reached an agreement in which the developed countries commit themselves for the first time to the creation of a fund to compensate “the losses and damages” of the poorest and most vulnerable countries in the face of climate change. A historic text, but insufficient in the eyes of many participants, due to the lack of new commitments to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

A few hours before the opening of the most controversial and disproportionate World Cup in history, Ballon d’Or winner Karim Benzema announced his package with France. The Blues striker injured his thigh yesterday in training. It is not yet known whether Didier Deschamps will call up a player to replace him.

Billionaire Elon Musk, who had made it one of his warhorses in his desire to buy Twitter, has lifted the suspension of former US President Donald Trump. The latter, a candidate for the next presidential elections, assures that for the moment he wants to favor another network (his own), Truth Social.

Turkey has announced the launch of an air operation against the Kurds in northern Iraq and Syria, unveiled as a response to an attack on Istanbul last week.

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