France will boost sports practice before the Paris 2024 Olympics

French President Emmanuel Macron said the government will help fund 5,000 local facilities to enable more people to play sports, especially in poorer areas of the country, ahead of the 2024 Paris Olympics

The announcement came hours before Macron was scheduled to play in a charity football game to raise funds for the Hospitals Foundation, alongside former Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger.

The move aims to remedy an “injustice”, he said. “It is often in the poorest areas (…) that these facilities are lacking.”

The package will focus on financing the practice of sport in working-class suburbs and rural areas.

Also Thursday, Macron visited a sports center with former French NBA player Tony Parker, and the construction site of the future Olympic village in the northern suburbs of Paris.

In a speech at the headquarters of the Paris 2024 organizing committee, Macron said the budget and schedule had so far been adhered to in preparations for the Games.

Macron has strongly supported the Olympic project since his election in 2017, a few weeks before Paris was confirmed as future host. The city’s first Olympics since 1924 are expected to have a budget of 6.8 billion euros ($ 7.9 billion).

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