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FFF: new testimonies overwhelm Noël Le Graët and Florence Hardouin


In Ouest France, a former employee of the French Football Federation (FFF) talks about the atmosphere of sexual harassment and the heavy sexist climate that have reigned for many years in the body. And new statements from former collaborators of Noël Le Graët and …

The pressure is still going up a notch for Noël Le Graët and his former general manager Florence Hardouin.

On the eve of the publication of the audit on the operation of the FFF, new testimonies overwhelm Le Graët.


Ouest France

, a dozen witnesses passed by the FFF tell what was happening internally with the two managers of the 3F since their arrival.

These are not isolated behaviors.

It's a general atmosphere.

For many years, sexual harassment has been cultural.

Men with paternalistic behavior, using very inappropriate words, believe themselves above everything and protect each other.

This is the FFF mold.

It's a rotten nest.

 These are the words of a former employee of the body for a few years, to describe the atmosphere that reigns in the richest sports federation in the country.

Over the years, society has evolved on these issues, but the Fed has remained in its unhealthy 1970s mold, where women are treated as objects.

For a long time, being a woman and working at the FFF meant making no decisions, being pretty and keeping quiet.

It was like a droit de seigneur.

“She evokes former senior officials,”



And one of these former senior officials would have put his hand on the buttocks in the premises of the FFF.


At the time, my first instinct is to smile stupidly.

I don't know why… There are people around.

I am young.

I don't realize.

I can not do anything.


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Ouest France

also returns to the stormy relationship between Florence Hardouin and Noël Le Graët at the heart of multiple stories, against a backdrop of a power struggle.

Between the abolition of a pregnant mother's post, a comex which becomes "

a cash register

" for this duo which decides everything but who criticizes each other just as much and Florence Hardouin's takeover of Noël Le Graët, the witnesses come back to 12 years of collaboration rich in twists and turns.

If there's one thing the former employees all agree on, it's the duo's balance sheet and bottom line.

In ten years, they managed to increase the income of the FFF.

At the time, "

they make their decisions together, they are never without each other

slips a witness.

But from 2018, and the appearance of the former president's leukemia, the balance of power will change.

Florence Hardouin will gradually become the one who decides in the duo.

Noël Le Graët loses influence.

If according to a close friend of the former president of Guingamp, "

she is strong to build

", he tempers by saying that she is "

unable to manage a business that is going well


With his collaborators, the former CEO of the FFF admits to “

arguing regularly

” with his president but over time, “


Graët was at his mercy.

He could have an opinion, Hardouin would go to his office, and he would change his mind,

” recalls a former employee.

If she feels capable of leading French football, others are not of the same opinion.

Le Graët is the father of French football.

Hardouin is nobody.

From there, many people questioned its legitimacy.

says one of her former collaborators.

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Finally, about the Marc Varin affair and the plaintiff, Hardouin would have had these words: “

There are correct outfits to have.

It's not because she's in the evening that you have to dress like a p…

”Words going against the complainant, whom she would have nevertheless pushed to file a complaint at first.

A case that illustrates what Florence Hardouin is capable of according to a former collaborator, she “

is able to burn on Tuesday what she loved on Monday


As far as she is concerned, it is this Wednesday, with the publication of the audit, that she should be fixed on what awaits her for her future in the authorities of French football.

Source: lefigaro

All sports articles on 2023-02-14

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