Ten days before the kick-off of the World Cup 2022, the usual fervor that surrounds this competition is not there. Admittedly, the season is less favorable for us Europeans, accustomed to watching matches on the terrace in the heat of June. But the reason is elsewhere: this World Cup in Qatar is uncomfortable.
For several years, the media have been investigating and revealing the scandals surrounding the event: very harsh working conditions on the stadium sites, having led to the death of at least several hundred immigrant workers, non-respect of human rights, colossal ecological cost and, finally, suspicions of corruption surrounding the awarding of the competition.
Several personalities, such as ex-footballer Eric Cantona, have announced that they will boycott the World Cup. Several cities in France, such as Marseille, Lille or Paris, refused to install fan-zones and giant screens to broadcast the competition. And even the official supporter groups of the French team will be fewer than usual in Qatar.
In this episode of the “L’Heure du Monde” podcast, Benjamin Barthe, journalist in the International department, specialist in the Middle East, Stéphane Mandard, journalist in the Planet department, and Rémi Dupré, journalist in the investigation department, come back to the scandals that taint this World Cup.
An episode of Adèle Ponticelli and Adélaïde Tenaglia. Directed by: Amandine Robillard. Music: Amandine Robillard. Presentation and editor-in-chief: Jean-Guillaume Santi.
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