Lille, Bordeaux, Marseille… these cities that will boycott the World Cup in Qatar

With the 2022 World Cup approaching in Qatar (November 20-December 18), more and more cities, and last but not least, are announcing that they will boycott the event by not showing games on the giants of the screens. From Lille to Bordeaux, a tour of France of these cities that refuse to stand up to controversial competition.


Invited Sunday to Bartoli Time, on RMC, Pierre Humic, environmental mayor of Bordeaux, confirmed that his city will not install a giant screen during the World Cup in Qatar (November 20 – December 18). The elected representative of Europa Ecologia I Verdi will formalize his choice at the next city council, scheduled for Tuesday. “We, the mayors, are worried today about this giant screen broadcast in our cities. And it is our job to say that we don’t want to be complicit in this mismanagement of energy,” he added. Bars and restaurants should still broadcast the competition throughout the city. “I am not the conscientious director of the people of Bordeaux, tempera Pierre Humic. Everyone reacts as he wants. And far be it from me to impose my point of view on anyone. I am very respectful of individual freedoms”.

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No giant screen in Lille either. The decision was adopted overnight from Friday to Saturday by the city council. The mayor, Martine Aubry, believes that the World Cup in Qatar is “nonsense when it comes to human rights, the environment and sport”. The city will not even put itself “in the colors of an event that we refuse to support,” said Deputy Mayor Arnaud Deslandes. “I also questioned the Metropolis who is on this position,” said Martine Aubry. Also in the North, a dozen bars will also boycott the World Cup. In the municipality of Marcq-en-Baroeul, O’Muligan’s bar will not broadcast any matches. For Justine Chambrillon, the director of this venue which welcomed up to 800 customers in 2018, it is “an aberration to rejoice over a sporting event that has caused thousands of deaths, which violates human rights, which has a completely disastrous ecological impact. . “


In the city of Marseille there is no talk of a boycott but there will be no big screen before the final, and only if the French team qualifies. The city hall states that it will be too cold and that it wants to leave the primacy to restaurants and cafes. In addition, two Marseillais, Benoît Magro and Agnès Olive have created the collective “Marseille boycott Qatar”. Rebelled by the ecological, human and social aberrations in Qatar, they ensure that “a football city like Marseille moves away from the World Cup would really make sense”. And to propose, quoted by La Provence: “We could imagine festive picnics on the beach or get together in bars or restaurants that, too, would refuse to broadcast the games. A new world in the face of this old world of money and crushing of beings. humans and the planet “.


The ecologist mayor of Strasbourg, Jeanne Barseghian, indicated during the last city council, last Monday, that “there are no public screenings on the World Cup”. “The city of Strasbourg will not broadcast the 2022 World Cup organized by Qatar. It is impossible for us not to listen to the many notices of NGOs denouncing the abuses and exploitation of immigrant workers. Strasbourg, European capital, seat of the European Court of Human Rights, he cannot decently endorse this mistreatment, ”he told France 3 Alsace.

And also Rodez, Villeurbanne, Bourg-en-Bresse …

In Rodez, Mayor Christian Teyssèdre (near Lrem), questioned by an elected opposition member during a city council held on Friday evening, said that “there will be no giant screens” in his city. this competition in this country. Football is all about money and the city of Rodez will not be involved in this, “he added. Same story in Château-Thierry. The city of Aine, used to broadcasting Blues matches at the World Cup, will abstain:” The question came when we would rent the equipment for the occasion, said the elected official on France 3 Hauts-de-France. We then asked ourselves if it was worth it and in the end we unanimously decided to abandon the project.

The municipalities of Bourg-en-Bresse, Villeurbanne, Vénissieux and Chomérac have also announced that they will renounce any operations during the competition. “As of today, I have absolutely no plans to stage these events and organize the facilitation of access to these matches,” Cédric Van Styvendael, Mayor of Villeurbanne, indicated on BFMTV Lyon. It is simply my position as mayor looking for. to look a little at what is happening and I believe that, given these organizational conditions, nothing justifies the highlighting of this event. Other cities have not yet decided the question such as Paris, Lyon or Montpellier. In Toulouse the decision must be taken by end of month.

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