10,000 supporters of the French team will be in Qatar for the World Cup

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10,000 supporters of the French team will be in Qatar for the World Cup

Guest of the local sports television channel, Al-Kass, on Monday evening, the French ambassador to Qatar, Jean-Baptiste Faivre, announced that 10,000 French supporters would attend the World Cup (November 20-December 18) and that 300 representatives of the French Ministries of Interior and Defense would provide security for the event. France is among the ten nations that have bought the most tickets, along with Qatar, the United States, Saudi Arabia, England, Mexico, the United Arab Emirates, Argentina, Brazil and Germany.

“France will not boycott the World Cup”

Jean-Baptiste Faivre, French Ambassador to Qatar

Mr. Faivre also wished “clarify the French position” on boycott calls: “The answer is, of course, no. France will not boycott the World Cup. » Asked about the decision of certain municipalities, including Paris, not to install giant screens to broadcast the matches, the ambassador recalled that they are “independent of government” and considered that their choice is also explained by the ” cold “ and the “economic conditions that we live in France”.

Former players (including Eric Cantona), political leaders and French municipalities have called in recent months for a boycott of the World Cup in the small Gulf emirate, criticized for respect for human rights, in particular migrant workers, and the environment, but without encountering a massive echo.

Mr. Faivre mentioned ” preconceptions “ on Qatar in France. “There should be more balance, and that’s why I’m here today”he continued, before insisting on the quality of the ” partnership “ between the two states. “Of course, Qatar is known as an economic partner, and that’s true because investments and contracts mean jobs and growth in France, but the relationship between Qatar and France goes much further than that.”he said.

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