The meeting to help French sport, organized on Tuesday in videoconference, spilled over into the conflict between French professional football and Mediapro, holder of the TV rights. Jean-Pierre Caillot, President of Reims, polled the President of the Republic, Emmanuel Macron, on a possible intervention in the conflict between the LFP and the broadcaster, which has not paid the first scheduled payment. He replied that there was no question of inviting himself into the case.
According to Bernard Laporte, president of the French Rugby Federation present during the discussions, the head of state even claims to have warned the leaders of French football when signing this record contract with “few precautions”. “He (Macron) said he would have warned by saying roughly: ‘it’s too good, it seems to be Santa Claus this proposal,’ Laporte said on BFM Business, this Wednesday. He said he told them: ‘be careful, it sounds too good but be sure it exists’. Well, we realize that it does not exist for various reasons that I do not know. “
“Somewhere he’s right”
Laporte therefore confirms this economic lesson from Macron with regard to club leaders and former LFP, Didier Quillot, deputy executive director, and Nathalie Boy de la Tour, former president, who have not been in office since the election. by Vincent Labrune in October.
“Somehow, he is right, abounds Laporte. When he says that he will help pro football and rugby clubs, he also asked to take our responsibilities on salaries. It is not for the taxpayers to settle everything . Everyone must make an effort. The FFR has asked all our service directors to reduce their budgets by 5 to 10%. “
Invited on RMC, this Wednesday morning, Jean-Michel Blanquer, Minister of National Education, Youth and Sports, also considered that French football gave in hastily to the greed against the billion euros per year promised by the new contract. “The reasoning (of the government, note) is still normal, justified Blanquer. People have taken largely excessive risks on bases – not of greed – but of financial reasoning a little adventurous.”