— Published 7 April 2022

Open letter to exclude Total

France 2023

Unexpected. The French branch of the NGO Greenpeace is taking a close interest in the 2023 Rugby World Cup in France, and more particularly in one of its partners, the oil group TotalEnergies. It has written an open letter to Claude Atcher, the CEO of France 2023, asking him to exclude TotalEnergies from the list of sponsors of the world tournament. Greenpeace France points out that Russia and Belarus have been excluded from international rugby competitions and will therefore be unable to qualify for the 2023 World Cup. But TotalEnergies, “the only Western oil and gas company not to have withdrawn from Russia, is still one of the official sponsors of the event,” the NGO said in a statement. In its open letter to Claude Atcher, sent on Wednesday 6 April and signed by its director general Jean-François Julliard, Greenpeace France explains: “TotalEnergies’ sponsorship of the 2023 Rugby World Cup was already a real aberration at a time of climate emergency, and it is all the more so today, when the oil and gas major is maintaining its activities in Russia, thus taking the risk of participating in the financing of Vladimir Putin’s war. TotalEnergies accounts for 1% of the competition’s funding. Will the Rugby World Cup spoil the party to keep that 1%?