Sports Minister Amélie Oudéa-Castéra told Franceinfo this morning that she would go to Qatar if the Blues reach the quarter-finals of the World Cup (November 20 – December 18): “I still allow myself a little flexibility, but yes if we are at the quarter-final level at some point, it is an important step, and my role is to be alongside the team. »
Asked about the presence in Qatar of President Emmanuel Macron, Amélie Oudéa-Castéra said: “He has an excessively demanding schedule and will find space the day he deems he has to be alongside the team. » The Minister will meet the players of the France team next Monday at Clairefontaine, base camp of the Blues, before their departure Wednesday for Qatar.
“This World Cup is also an opportunity to put the spotlight on this country”
On human rights in Qatar and the expression left to players, Amélie Oudéa-Castéra said that the coach “Didier Deschamps pronounced the important word which is ”freedom”” : “Each of the players has his conscience, his way of expressing himself and we must not impose a straitjacket, an attitude”
Moreover, she does not advise homosexual supporters against traveling to Qatar: “I don’t see why they would be deprived of it. » Finally, the Minister of Sports ruled that “what is important is that we rebalance, that we talk more about the athlete”: “This World Cup is also an opportunity to put the spotlight on this country (Qatar) and to continue to push the diplomatic fire for the respect of human rights. »