This decision taken on Monday by the Ministry of Sports, the French Rugby Federation (FFR) and the French Olympic Committee (CNOSF) must be ratified on Friday by an exceptional board of directors of the GIP (Public Interest Group) France 2023.
On this occasion, Mathieu Hanotin, the PS mayor of Saint-Denis, where the Stade de France is located, “will express on behalf of the ten World Cup host cities full support for this position”said Wednesday in a press release the president of Sports Events Territories bringing together these cities.
The 10 host cities oppose “governance by brutality”
“If governance by brutality or intimidation and authoritarian management are proven, we cannot endorse these unacceptable methods to succeed in an event that affects the image of all of France”writes Mathieu Hanotin on behalf of the ten host cities.
“One year from the event, the urgency is to re-establish a constructive dialogue with employees, public institutions, partners and the international federation. This is the essential condition to make, in all territories, this World Cup a great popular celebration for the benefit of the populations and all rugby enthusiasts.he adds.
The Rugby World Cup will take place from September 8 to October 28, 2023 in Bordeaux, Lyon, Marseille, Nantes, Nice, Lille, Paris, Saint-Denis, Saint-Étienne and Toulouse.