Paris 2024: the French are counting on Tony Estanguet for the organization of the Games, much less on politics

The incidents that occurred in May 2022 at the Stade de France during the final of the Football Champions League raised a number of questions about France's capacity to still know how to properly organize a major sporting event

Paris 2024: the French are counting on Tony Estanguet for the organization of the Games, much less on politics

The incidents that occurred in May 2022 at the Stade de France during the final of the Football Champions League raised a number of questions about France's capacity to still know how to properly organize a major sporting event. This questioning – even this questioning – was all the stronger as it was a completely different project that awaited the country, with the hosting of the Olympic and Paralympic Games in the summer of 2024.

Today, in any case, the French are mostly confident about French know-how: 55% of them say they “have confidence in [their] country to organize international events such as the Paris 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games », according to an Ifop-Fiducial survey carried out in mid-February for Sud Radio. 54% of them said the same thing at the end of May-beginning of June 2022, just after the Champions League final.

However, it is less on the public authorities than on the Paris 2024 Organizing Committee (Cojop), and more particularly on its president, Tony Estanguet, that the French are counting on to carry out the preparation and smooth running of the the event: 53% of them say they trust it.

Tony Estanguet is thus almost the only one to be "surviving" because, as far as the politicians involved in the preparation of these Games are concerned, it is above all distrust that the French express. Thus, 73% of them say they do not trust the Minister of Sports and the Olympic and Paralympic Games, Amélie Oudéa-Castéra.

75% and 71% respectively say the same thing about the mayor of Paris, Anne Hidalgo, and the president of the Ile-de-France region, Valérie Pécresse. Distrust is less towards the Minister of the Interior Gérald Darmanin (58%) and the President of the Republic, Emmanuel Macron (59%).

While the subject of security has been at the center of concerns for months, notably with the opening ceremony planned on the Seine on July 26, Cojop is also seen by the French as a key player in this area: 69% French people say they trust him to ensure security in Paris during the event. They are also 69% trusting the Paris police headquarters and 54% trusting the Ministry of the Interior.