Marseille joins other French cities in World Cup boycott

L’Équipe report that Marseille have become the latest major French city to announce a boycott of the upcoming World Cup, whereby the city will not show any of the games on a big screen.

Lille had been the first town to announce a boycott after its city council voted unanimously in favour of the motion, while others such as Strasbourg, Reims, Bordeaux have followed suit since, all pointing to the human rights situation in Qatar as well as the environmental impact the tournament will have.

Representatives of France’s second city notably spoke of a “human and environmental catastrophe”. The statements explains that the city “cannot contribute to the promotion of this World Cup in Qatar” as a result of its “strong attachment to the values of sharing and solidarity in sport and its commitment in building a greener city”.

Among the other towns in France boycotting the tournament are Rodez and Reims, who have joined a movement which appears to be gathering pace since last week.


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