— Published 11 April 2023

A Franco-Chinese pact

Less than 500 days before the Paris 2024 Games, sport was invited last week in the exchanges between Xi Jinping and Emmanuel Macron on the occasion of the official visit of the French head of state in China. It has held a small place, but it appears in the very long “Joint Declaration between the French Republic and the People’s Republic of China“, published by the two countries. “In view of the Paris Olympic and Paralympic Games in 2024, the two Heads of State wish to make sport an important element of the bilateral relationship, particularly in terms of exchanges of young athletes, the development of sports infrastructure and the sharing of expertise in the sports industry,” says the document in its fourth part, devoted to the revival of cultural and human exchanges.