— Published 5 October 2022

No screens in French cities

Qatar 2022

The movement is spreading. After Lille, Paris, Bordeaux, Strasbourg and Marseille, a new wave of French cities has announced that they will not install giant screens and fan zones to watch the 2022 World Cup matches in Qatar. Among this second wave is Toulouse, France’s fourth largest city, where mayor Jean-Luc Moudenc cited operational and energy costs, but also a “context that does not encourage mobilisation”, with the time difference and preparations for the end-of-year festivities. Rennes, Caen, Tours, Nancy, La Rochelle, Angoulême, Bayonne and Limoges will also skip the event, sometimes for political reasons, but more often for budgetary ones. On the other hand, the route taken by the French team could lead some cities to change their position during the World Cup. “I suggest you ask me again if France is in the final or the semi-final,” Nice mayor Christian Estrosi told AFP. The same strategy is being pursued in neighbouring Cannes, where a decision will be taken “depending on the results of the French team“. In Perpignan, nothing is planned for the moment, but a qualification of France in the final could change the situation and lead the authorities to organise a public screening.