“The Seine-Saint-Denis is an important territory, it's the other face of France,” says Roxana Maracineanu

Roxana Maracineanu, Sports Minister, guest of franceinfo on 4 November 2019. (FRANCEINFO / RADIOFRANCE)

The start of the building site of the Athletes Village of Paris 2024 was given Monday, November 4 by eleven ministers in Seine-Saint-Denis. “It was a real French Olympic team of the government that we met today”explained Roxana Maracineanu, Minister of Sports, on Franceinfo.

“It is in Saint-Denis, in Paris, in Marseille, that the Olympic Games will take place.The Seine-Saint-Denis is an important territory, it is the other face of France, there will be beautiful images of the Eiffel Tower, the Concorde and we also want the world to discover the Seine-Saint-Denis “insisted Roxana Maracineanu. “France has two faces (…), and it is the youngest territory in France, and that's also what we want to show.”

Edouard Philippe said that something had to be left after the Olympics. “It is a momentum to build this Olympic village that will remain in Seine-Saint-Denis as an exemplary neighborhood in terms of sustainable development, these are buildings that will reflect the adaptation of our country to this new climate”Roxana Maracineanu explained.The Olympic Games will accelerate health policy “Where we need to do more prevention Sport can also have a role to play in educating our children's health.”

In a statement, the French National Olympic and Sports Committee and parliamentarians call on the government and demand a budget for French sports to match the ambitions of the country. They reproach the Minister of Sports the reduction of more than 20% of the budget of French sports clubs and that of jobs helped. “It's not true, this year we have a 10% increase in our sports budget, and I've done my job as a minister.” The parliamentarians “do their job of democracy titillators, they can buy pages in the team and advertise as they want for what they are.”


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