This is called a double trigger shot.
Two months after the media turmoil that followed Clarisse Crémer's announcement of her ousting from the Vendée Globe 2024 project following her maternity and her possible inability to secure her place in the race by covering a sufficient number of miles before the start, the Banque Populaire has decided to come out of the silence and to justify itself.
The day after the announcement of the acquisition by the Welshman Alex Thomson of the Imoca Banque Populaire monohull, which should finally be taken over by Clarisse Crémer (irony of history), Hélène Madar, general manager of retail banking and insurance within the group, was the first to answer questions from our colleague Ouest-France.
We think that, since the sale of the boat this week, we are coming to the end of a cycle around this event.
And it seemed important to us today to give a vision of how we had experienced things, and to explain how we project ourselves into the future, because that is what is at stake for us, "he said
. she started to explain.
The leader then defended the position of “BP” and particularly regretted that it was considered as a bank that paid little heed to gender equality: “
Our group companies are clearly identified as companies with major social advances.
Particularly in terms of diversity and equal opportunity for all (…) I am a female CEO and Banque Populaire has always welcomed women into positions of responsibility.
The challenge was not not to make a woman run, the challenge was to be able to move a regulation.
And we have not been heard.
Now, we are really delighted that there are rules that will change for the next edition.
And I hope that the commission which will be chaired by Patricia Brochard will ensure that women who are expecting a baby, but also all skippers who have an impediment, will be able to run and pursue their passion to the fullest”
"Facing a Wall"
we have not been heard
" is obviously aimed at the organizer of the Vendée Globe, in this case the department of Vendée via the Saem Vendée, which decided, with the Imoca class, the selection and qualification rules for this 2024 world tour
And to make things clear, Hélène Madar added:
It seemed very normal to us to propose this change
(of the rules).
Ronan Lucas, the director of Team Banque Populaire, added a layer, still in Ouest-France, and defended himself vigorously: “
For us, it was not a maternity problem.
We tried to facilitate Clarisse's personal projects since she had been with our Banque Populaire team for the two previous years, and it was above all a problem of settlement with the Vendée Globe.
We fought, the previous 24 months to try to change the rules to try to score miles.
So attacking the field of maternity, we found it quite hard, because, in the past, there are women supported by Banque Populaire who have had children, who have returned to their jobs... for whom it was difficult to digest.
And Ronan Lucas added:
“I can tell you everything we did to go to the Vendée Globe with Clarisse Crémer.
We lobbied extensively to influence the new rules before they were adopted, and before they were favorable to us.
Why, if I hadn't wanted Clarisse to be with us, I would have taken so much trouble.
The famous invitation that is debating
The boss of Team Banque Populaire regrets that the famous “invitation” provided for in the regulations at the discretion of Saem Vendée has not already been granted to the sailor.
After the lively controversy and the multiple reactions (even to the Ministry of Sports) following the announcement of her ousting, it is hard to imagine that if Clarisse Crémer finds a partner for the next round the world trip and she has not racked up enough miles to win one of the 40 berths planned in the port of Les Sables d'Olonne, the Saem Vendée will not grant him the famous wild card... The Banque Populaire will remain ashore for this round the world, this which does not call into question, according to Hélène Madar and Ronan Lucas, his investment in sailing.