behind-the-scenes revelations of the emirate’s selection for the FIFA World Cup

behind-the-scenes revelations of the emirate’s selection for the FIFA World Cup

Migrant workers wait on a sidewalk in Doha, Qatar.  The documentary by Pierre-Stéphane Fort and Nicolas Bellot denounces their working conditions on the construction site of the 2022 World Cup.


On November 23, 2010, the President of the Republic, Nicolas Sarkozy, receives for lunch, on the Elysée Palace, Michel Platini, President of the Union of European Soccer Associations (UEFA), within the presence of the Crown Prince (and present Emir) of Qatar, Tamim Bin Hamad Al Thani, and the Qatari Prime Minister. What did the company talk about, a couple of days earlier than the designation, on December 2, 2010, of the gasoline emirate as host nation for the 2022 FIFA World Cup?

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After eight months of a really detailed investigation, based mostly on quite a few authorized paperwork, the journal “Complément d’Enquête”, in collaboration with the investigation unit of Radio France, brings new parts on the presumed position of France within the awarding of the Mondial to the emirate, which would be the topic of a judicial investigation opened in 2019 for “corruption” by the Nationwide Monetary Prosecutor’s Workplace.

Why did the influential Platini lastly vote for the emirate? Did he get any rewards? Did Nicolas Sarkozy “monetize” the help of France in trade for the takeover by Qatar Sports activities Investments of Paris Saint-Germain, then owned by the Colony Capital fund of his buddy Sébastien Bazin, present CEO of the Accor group?

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A notice from the Elysée’s diplomatic cell in November 2010, written earlier than lunch on the Elysée and consulted by “Complément d’Enquête”, sheds new gentle on the affair: among the many topics on the agenda of the day of this assembly featured Qatar’s bid for the World Cup in addition to “the sale of missile protection programs” and “the sale of fight plane”(of Dassault’s Rafale).

Sports activities adviser to Mr. Sarkozy on the Elysée Palace, writer of notes on the awarding of the 2022 World Cup to the Head of State, former MP Sophie Dion (LR) denies any collusion with Qatar however admits having obtained 13,000 euros as a part of a guide contract of 52,000 euros signed with the emirate in February 2012, whereas she was nonetheless officiating on the Elysée.

Behind the scenes

Among the many clues unearthed by director Pierre-Stéphane Fort are additionally messages despatched by Sébastien Bazin to family members, evoking the “key messages” forwarded to Nicolas Sarkozy earlier than lunch on November 23, 2010 and a ” OK “ with Qatar.

Geared up with a tiny digicam, Pierre-Stéphane Fort additionally filmed behind the scenes of the preparations for this World Cup: the photographs are eloquent. With the assistance of migrant staff, he went to the commercial zone of Doha, the place he noticed the unsanitary circumstances – the phrase is weak – of the premises by which the employees stay.

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Emphasis is positioned on the questionable practices of an Accor subcontractor safety supplier, Al Bateel Safety, and on one of many seven suppliers of the Al Messila resort in Doha (the place the French workforce will likely be staying throughout competitors) for the disgraceful remedy inflicted on its workers.

“If it hadn’t been for soccer, it will have been worse, a lot worse”believes the president of the French Soccer Federation (FFF), Noël Le Graët. Simply earlier than the printed of the documentary, the FFF lastly determined “to ship a particular mission to verify on web site that every one service suppliers respect social rights”.

Qatar 2022: a French scandal?documentary by Pierre-Stéphane Fort and Nicolas Bellot (Fr., 2022, 52 min). Broadcast as a part of the journal “Complément d’Enquête”, on France 2, in collaboration with the investigation unit of Radio France.

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