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Paris 2024 Olympic Games: the Saudi Olympic village project at Les Invalides aborted

The opposition - and particularly that of the right - won.

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Paris 2024 Olympic Games: the Saudi Olympic village project at Les Invalides aborted

The opposition - and particularly that of the right - won. Carefully consulted by the Minister of the Armed Forces Sébastien Lecornu, the Saudi request to install an Olympic village for its athletes at Les Invalides was ultimately refused. There will be no Saudi Olympic village at Les Invalides, the project is “totally canceled”.

This Saudi wish, initially kept secret, was debated in the chamber of the National Assembly on February 28, when LR MP Nathalie Serre asked for “clarifications” from the government. The installation desired by Saudi Arabia - which is investing massively in France, which Lecornu had defended - was to last four months, starting in May. France then insisted on imposing its conditions.

According to information from Europe 1, the Ministry of the Armed Forces indicated to its Saudi interlocutors that France “was not able to respond to their request” to have their athletes stay at Les Invalides, during the Olympic and Paralympic Games, rather than at the official village, inaugurated in February.

Still according to our colleagues, the Ministry of the Armed Forces affirms that a “letter from the military governor of Paris went to his interlocutors”, to assure Saudi Arabia that France was “no longer able to respond to their request for rental of the space at Les Invalides, due to the lack of feedback from them and the deadlines which are now too short to ensure that the place is made available in good conditions.”

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