— Published 18 September 2023

Elected representatives rally behind French project

Political support for the 2030 Winter Games bid is growing in France. No fewer than 123 elected representatives from the Southern Alps have co-signed an opinion piece with Renaud Muselier, President of the Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur (PACA) region, expressing their support for the Olympic project. It was published in the Dauphiné Libéré and on the BFM DICI website. The list of signatories includes members of parliament, senators and departmental councillors, but above all an impressive number of the region’s mayors and municipal councillors. The elected representatives explain that the event represents “a real chance to change the destiny of our communes and our catchment area“, as it should help to “strengthen and relaunch sporting activity“, be “a potential spotlight without comparison to give a reflection to our territories“, and above all “give a second wind to our infrastructures, our development, our tourist and permanent accommodation, and our accessibility.” Coincidentally, the publication of the PACA region’s elected representatives coincided with a rally held on Saturday September 16 in Embrun by opponents of the Olympic project. It was organized by the “No JO” collective, supported by the regional delegation of the Europe Écologie-Les Verts party. As a reminder, the French bid for the 2030 Winter Games is supported by two regions, Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur and Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes.