Youth for Climate activists sprinkled fake blood, on the night of Wednesday to Thursday, the Olympic rings installed on the forecourt of the City Hall of Paris to denounce the "aberration of the project of society" carried by the Games, we learned from concordant sources.
Damage was done last night, our services were seized and it will be cleaned, "confirmed to AFP the City of Paris, which does not wish to file a complaint.
The Paris Olympics officially entered their final year of preparations on Wednesday ahead of the opening ceremony scheduled for July 26, 2024. The activists of Youth for Climate (YFC) Île-de-France, the French branch of "Fridays for Future", justified their action "punch" on Twitter, renamed "X", by a desire to symbolically denounce "the human, ecological and social cost of the Paris Olympics and the resulting social project".
The Paris Olympics "are the perfect example of sportwashing. The Olympic Movement claims to harbour a surge of solidarity, unity and the fight against racial and gender inequalities. In reality, it is not," they said in a statement, attacking its founder, Pierre de Coubertin, castigating his "eugenic, racist and Nazi thought".
They denounce pell-mell, the "monster pollution" of the event which will generate "1.56 million tons" in CO2 equivalent, but also "the increase in surveillance" of the population with the Games, deaths on construction sites or "entertainment for the richest". The organizers of the Olympics have announced that they want to reduce CO2 emissions "by half" compared to previous summer Olympics, an ambition welcomed by observers, but lacking details.
Questioned by AFP, the City of Paris invited activists to come "discuss", ensuring that its door was "open". "The City has been engaged for several years in the fight against climate inaction," she said, citing among other things "the reduction of the place of the automobile to fight against air pollution, the development of soft mobility", or a "big work of depollution of the Seine and greening of public space".