The meeting had been planned for a long time.
By all the players in a case that is shaking French football as a whole and has not yet delivered its epilogue.
This Wednesday, the conclusions of the famous audit responsible for shedding light on the dysfunctions of the French football federation fell.
And they target, unsurprisingly, the president of the FFF, Noël Le Graët, and the general manager Florence Hardouin.
The Minister of Sports, Amélie Oudéa-Castéra, will make them public at 6 p.m. during a press conference.
, which was able to consult "the summary of the final report of the mission of the general inspection of education, sport and research (IGÉSR) relating to the management of the French Football Federation (FFF) and respect of the obligations attached thereto", is able to reveal the main axes.
Which are overwhelming for the Breton leader, more than ever pushed towards the exit.
His days at the head of the most powerful sports federation in France are numbered.
Text messages of a sexual nature, "excessive alcohol consumption" ... The elements are against Le Graët
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The president of the federation, in office since 2011, and accused of moral and sexual harassment by employees, is described as a leader "
whose behavioral excesses are incompatible with the performance of his duties and the requirement of exemplarity which he is attached
The summary, which is five pages after the hearing of one hundred and fourteen people and four and a half months of investigation on all the themes mentioned above, reveals with precision the facts alleged against the former PS mayor of Guingamp.
FFF THOMAS SAMSON / AFP
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The hearings conducted by the mission
"shed light on the inappropriate behavior"
of the former boss of the Professional Football League
"in relation to women
", echoing the text messages "
ambiguous for some and of a clearly sexual nature for others
”, sent at late hours to the attention of employees.
The Ministry of Sports puts strong pressure on the Comex of the FFF to dismiss Le Graët
Another incriminating element, the “
” and “
” nature of the remarks of the president of the 3F which can “
be accentuated by the excessive consumption of alcohol
Faced with all these elements, the auditors conclude that the latter
"no longer has the legitimacy necessary to administer and represent
" French football.
As a reminder, the Ministry of Sports does not have the power to dismiss the president of the FFF, under penalty of interference.
It now instructs the federal authorities, in particular the Comex, which should meet in the coming days, to take action in the face of an explosive situation.
The pressure emitted by the executive has never been so intense.
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Florence Hardouin, the general manager, also takes it for her rank
The rest of the file, of which many elements of the pre-report had leaked in recent days, does not fail to severely scratch the general manager Florence Hardouin, expected on February 21 for an interview prior to dismissal.
The latter, currently on sick leave, is being attacked for her "
brutal methods and behavior deemed erratic, humiliating
", but also for
"the use of a coarse vocabulary or the exchange of insults
" which do not "
allow her no longer to exercise a recognized authority
A report that confirms what we have been writing in our columns in recent months about the toxic relationship between the president and his CEO.
Florence Hardouin, the director general of the FFF and Noël Le Graët, president FRANCK FIFE / AFP
Le Graët knows he has to leave but does not want to give in under pressure from Oudéa-Castéra
Silent in the media but still passing from time to time at the headquarters of the federation, Noël Le Graët continues to affirm to those around him that he has done nothing serious.
He sees it as heavy flirting, others as harassment.
To date, no complaint has been filed against the 81-year-old leader.
It is up to the courts, already seized via article 40 of the criminal procedure code, to decide on this specific point.
As for his resignation, insistently desired by the Minister of Sports, the "Breton menhir", assures in private that it is not the latter, for whom he dedicates contempt and anger because of the leaks of the mission of inspection in the press, which will dictate his agenda.
And at the same time his exit from the stage, he who saw himself continuing and concluding his mandate until the end of 2024.
Despite everything, faced with an explosive situation, a hidden internal war with its "DG", a comex less and less united with its person and eager to turn the page, "NLG" knows itself inaudible and forced to have to leave its place.
By pride and / or desire to control what can still be, the former mayor is waiting for the right moment to leave the scene, he who has been raging in the world of French football for more than forty years.
His family tells him to resign, his relatives too and in the corridors of the FFF, all have given up on the mandate of a man better able to lead such a flagship.
The governance of French football has never been so close to the precipice.
The final fall is near.
The work to come promises to be colossal.