In a long article, the sports daily L’Equipe describes “the extremely deteriorated working climate within the organizing committee of the 2023 World Cup”. He tells in great detail about a “deep social malaise” where burnouts, layoffs and anxiety attacks mix under the influence of a “management by terror” set up by Claude Atcher and his chief of staff.
It is to “shine light on this situation” that the new Minister of Sport has decided to confiscate the Labor Inspectorate, as well as “the Ethics Committee of the Public Interest Group” (GIP) of the World Cup, the minister has said in a statement. application form added. press release.
She wants the conclusions of “these investigations sent to her as soon as possible”. “The social partners will be brought together tomorrow (Thurs) by the general management of the GIP and fully involved in this research and analysis process. †
“Seek the Truth”
Questioned Wednesday evening, Claude Atcher declined to comment, stating only “let the people responsible for seeking the truth do their job”.
In doing so, the French Rugby Federation (FFR), chaired by Bernard Laporte, announced that it would convene the France-2023 Economic and Social Committee “so that a social inquiry is carried out as soon as possible”. “The FFR is joining forces with the state in its desire to shed light on the internal situation,” she added.
Director-General of France-2023, Claude Atcher, will also be tried in September, with the President of Montpellier Mohed Altrad and Bernard Laporte, under suspicions of nepotism surrounding the sponsorship of France’s XV. He will appear for “concealment of breach of trust”, “misuse of company assets” and “hidden work by concealment of activity”.
Justice suspects him of having profited about 80,000 euros between 2017 and 2018 through non-existent services paid to his company Score XV, which Bernard Laporte would have abused to the detriment of the FFR.
“Mister 2023”, the former third line, has established itself for more than thirty years as a major player in world rugby, even ranking 7th in the ranking of the most influential personalities in world rugby, founded in 2020 by Rugby World magazine.
It must be said that Atcher, a former footballer who came to rugby late, is credited with securing the 2007 and 2023 World Cups for France, the 2019 for Japan.
The Sports Minister explained to “know the daily commitment” of the GIP teams and “assure them of the full support of the state so that they can continue their mission in the working conditions and serenity they deserve.
“Collaborator under pressure”
In a press release, the GIP, for its part, assures “to take the full measure of the situation”, while confirming that “Claude Atcher’s leadership and authority are essential to chart and maintain the course until the final close of the Cup of the Rugby World The “strict and rigorous planning” of this event, he added, “is likely to cause discomfort for some employees, who may feel pressured in this context”.
The GIP also explained that “the organization of an international event such as the Rugby World Cup de facto implies a sustained pace of work within particularly tight deadlines, which are the norm in the event”.
It must “respect the deadlines set together with the International Rugby Federation (World Rugby) to host an event that meets the expectations of athletes, fans and economic partners, and allows the release of financial resources to a lasting legacy to amateur rugby across France”.