It is a high-risk match which is announced this Saturday evening for Emmanuel Macron. The Head of State will attend the final of the Coupe de France at the Stade de France, which will oppose FC Nantes to Toulouse Football Club. The Seine-Saint-Denis inter-union, angry at the pension reform, threatens to disrupt the meeting, which the supporters do not like. “If it’s to have a speech, it’s fine, if it’s really to disturb and disrupt the match excessively, no, it’s not worth it”, testifies one of them at the microphone of Europe 1.
“The game is sport, it has nothing to do with politics”
As for the challenge, the CGT should distribute red cards and whistles to supporters to welcome the President, despite the bans. Like what happened Thursday during the rugby match between Agen and Nevers, the authorities fear that the demonstrators will cut the power in the stadium. To avoid this, four generators were installed.
Actions that most French people encountered by Europe 1 were not inviting. “I find it scandalous, it’s a denial of democracy. The match is sport, it’s a football match, it has nothing to do with politics,” says one of them. “People who are going to work two more years go to the game to see the game, they don’t want the game to be interrupted, it’s no use! I’m a little fed up with the unions attacking the people !”, testifies another at the microphone of Europe 1.
Will Emmanuel Macron follow the protocol and come down to the lawn to greet the two finalist teams? At this time, nothing is certain. “We are still on several possible configurations. If the authorities on the spot decide that the president can go on the lawn, it is because we will have the human and technical elements which make it possible to preserve this moment”, affirms Pascal Bitot-Panelli , former commander of the VIP protection service.
According to information from Europe 1, the president must, at this stage, go down to the lawn to greet the two teams.
3,000 police and gendarmes mobilized
The trophy will be presented from the stands to avoid a possible invasion of the pitch by supporters at the end of the match. Several measures have also been taken to strengthen the security of the event: the installation of large gates in the Stadium, at the bends, or the mobilization of some 3,000 police and gendarmes, i.e. 1,000 more than during the security fiasco of last year’s Champions League final between Real Madrid and Liverpool.