On the Boulevard Haussmann side, seat of the Organizing Committee for the 2024 Olympic Games (Editor's note: before moving to Saint-Denis in a few weeks) , we followed with interest the results of the second round of the municipal elections. No opponent of the high sport mass has been elected, but that does not mean that the climate looks calm for the next four years.
Pierre Rabadan, new Mister JO
During the campaign in Paris - host city of the Olympic Games - it was a question of traffic, cleanliness and safety, but not of the Olympic Games. The subject is nevertheless close to the heart of Anne Hidalgo, who struggled from the bid phase and who will therefore be the one who will open the Olympic Games on July 26, 2024. After the elections, all the players in the Games expect a serious takeover by the Mayor of Paris, who also chairs Solideo, the structure responsible for delivering the Olympic works.
Since the Lima vote on September 13, 2017, relations between the mayor and the Cojo have been strained. Anne Hidalgo had opposed (in vain) the appointment of Etienne Thobois to the post of DG then had risen (successfully) so that Total did not become a sponsor of the Olympic Games. The Cojo, which is far from having completed its partner envelope of one billion euros (Editor's note: the signature with Orange should nevertheless be announced soon) , had in passing drawn a line on more than 100 million euros. He is now on the lookout for Anne Hidalgo's return and the arrival of a new deputy mayor.
Unless surprised, Jean-François Martins, eager to return to the private sector, will not stack again. Arnaud Ngatcha, former communications advisor to Laura Flessel at the Ministry of Sports, said he was interested in the sports portfolio - JO, but he should recover that of international relations. The Sports and Games delegation (Editor's note: not dissociated a priori although the question of entrusting the Games to the first assistant has been studied) will come back to ex-rugby player Pierre Rabadan, sports advisor to Anne Hidalgo so far and freshly elected in the 14th arrondissement.
The sacred union in Seine-Saint-Denis
Stéphane Troussel, the president of the Seine-Saint-Denis department council, speaks of an "alignment of the planets". With the election of Mathieu Hanotin in Saint-Denis and Karim Bouamrane in Saint-Ouen, the socialists and their allies held all the Olympic bastions. The strategic Plaine Commune, where the aquatic center and the Olympic village will be built, will return to them and negotiations to succeed Patrick Braouezec (ex-PCF), have already started.
The city axis of Paris (Anne Hidalgo) - Seine-Saint-Denis department (Stéphane Troussel) - city of Saint-Denis (Mathieu Hanotin) risks giving a hard time to the Cojo, but also to the State, " especially if this one was tempted, because of the economic situation to make savings on the inheritance in Seine-Saint-Denis ”, warns Stéphane Troussel.
From the bid phase, Anne Hidalgo had made 93 the flagship department of the Games. "His re-election is an asset," notes Stéphane Troussel, who also points out that none of the mayors elected on Sunday (Editor's note: in Le Bourget and Dugny, two cities where there will be Olympic venues, the outgoing mayors were beaten) "n 'campaigned against the Olympics'. A boon for Paris 2024, even if “the new mayors will be even more demanding on the heritage for their own territory. "
What about Jean Castex?
A figure of deconfinement, Jean Castex is now tipped for a ministerial portfolio. All the players in the Olympic Games agree on one point: the departure (which has not yet been confirmed) of the interministerial delegate to the Olympic Games would be bad news. Rare thing, the man, who had notably revisited the budget, is unanimous at Cojo, but also with politicians of all stripes. Nobody wants to see him move away from the Olympic file, especially since if he retrieves a ministry, there is little chance that it is that of Sports, undersized for him.
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Besides, will the Ministry of Sports resist the reshuffle or will it be merged with that of Education? The prospect of the Games could offer him a reprieve, even if the Olympic file is managed more by the inter-ministerial delegation (Dijop). In this case, who in the chair? The position often used as an adjustment variable, difficult to make a forecast (Editor's note: a former sportsman or someone more experienced in the mysteries of politics?), But the balance between men and women means that Roxana Maracineanu, despite some oppositions, particularly during confinement, could remain in place.