The lights, but without the sound. The City of Paris cancelled a press briefing on Tuesday evening at the last minute where the mayor of the capital, Anne Hidalgo, was due to speak. The event was part of the inauguration of the new look of the City Hall, decorated in the colours of the Olympic Games eight months before the start of the 2024 Olympic Games (26 July - 11 August), in the presence of the President of the International Olympic Committee, Thomas Bach, and the head of the Paris 2024 Organising Committee, Tony Estanguet.
But there was no appearance in front of the media, contrary to what had been announced by the press service of the City of Paris on Friday. Behind the scenes, there is talk of "a hiccup". According to our information, the press briefing was cancelled at the last minute. Anne Hidalgo arrived in front of the City Hall at 18:20 p.m. with Tony Estanguet and Thomas Bach. The lights went out, the show lasted two to three minutes and... End of sequence. Everyone left, without a word. The sixty or so journalists present at the scene were surprised by this turnaround.
Criticized for its release on transport
This sudden change of schedule comes in a difficult context for the mayor of the capital. On Wednesday, Anne Hidalgo had indicated on the set of the program "Quotidien" of TMC that transport would not be "ready" for the deadline of the Games, arousing the anger of the minister dedicated to this subject Clément Beaune, the Minister of Sports and Olympic Games, Amélie Oudéa-Castéra as well as the president of the Ile-de-France region, Valérie Pécresse.
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One controversy after another. Anne Hidalgo had been criticised by her opposition for a trip, both official and private, to Tahiti where she took part in working meetings on the Games, whose surfing event takes place on the waves of this Pacific island, without going to the competition site.
The mayor of Paris is supposed to participate on Wednesday afternoon at 15 p.m. in a new press briefing, organized by the Paris police prefecture. The Prefect of Police, Laurent Nuñez, will present the security perimeters set up around the sites on the occasion of the Olympic and Paralympic Games.