2022 World Cup: In front of France-Australia, supporters of bruises torn between party and embarrassment

In Rennes bars on Tuesday evening, the first game of the Blues provoked as much enthusiasm as debates on the conditions for the holding of this World Cup in Qatar.

By Benjamin Keltz (Rennes, Correspondence)

Shawned around the neck and brown cap on the head, Aurore Lanzéré pushes the heavy door of the Fox and Friends, this crowded pub with downtown Rennes. The 43 -year -old maternal assistant joins her son, Arthur, this Tuesday, November 22. It is almost 8 p.m.

“It started?” On the screens, the players of the French team shake hands with Australians. Enthusiastic, Aurore sets up on the stool then explains: “The World Cup is a ritual with my son. A moment of sharing which I hold a lot, but the conditions for the organization of this competition disturb me.” Tait. His face closes, embarrassed.

Aurore Lanzéré evokes what she read about workers who died on stadium sites in Qatar, air conditioning in the speakers or the ban of “One Love” armbands. Around her, her neighbors nod and shruate her shoulders. “Human rights have been flouted to offer us this spectacle. In my head, a small voice asks me what I do there?”, Grimace the forties.

 “In my head, a small voice asks me what I do there.” Aurore Lanzéré, 43, came to see the match Fox and Friends with his sons. Louise Quignon/Hans Lucas for “Le Monde”

the day before, Aurore appreciated the knee laid on the ground by the English team, the Iranian national anthem that the players do not have Sung or the various distilled LGBT messages. She hopes “a strong gesture” of the French team, which will make her “proud”. But nothing comes apart from the start. A few minutes later, the Australian team overflows and marks. Silence in the bar. Aurore joins her hands in front of her face, but the memory of the laborious France-Australia of 2018, won in extremis, convinces it that the course of the meeting can evolve favorably. Arthur opens his jacket and exhibits his blue jersey.

“It is too late to criticize”

There are few of them carrying the tunic of the French team. In a troquet of rue de la thirst Rennes, Léo Guimard, 23, strolls proudly, the 1998 jersey, the world’s first coronation of the French. “I had to get this set out and attend the match,” said the story in history, leaning on the bar. He pays his pint and continues: “I agree with those who criticize the holding of this World Cup. Me, I want those who agreed to organize this World Cup in these conditions. Those who did not know how to say no. But it is too late to criticize. “A brightness of joy shakes the bar. France has just equalized.

A stone’s throw away, the news of Adrien Rabiot’s goal did not reach the Alban Dauleu show. Web developer, the 30 -year -old, subscribed to Stade Rennais and used to following the Blues’ matches, decided to boycott the World Cup. His television is off, his mobile phone, placed on the coffee table. It “costs” him not to follow the high mass of world football.

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