It all starts with a video of a few seconds, first harmless, shot by the PSG player, Marco Verratti. We see his teammates Neymar and Marquinhos all smiles, bellowing in the PSG plane that is about to take off. This plane, however, flies to Nantes, from Paris, just 340 kilometers away: a journey that the players could have made by train, in less than 2 hours only, underlines the boss of the TGV-Intercités.
Paris-Nantes is less than 2 hours @TGVINOUI. @PSG_dentroI renew our offer proposal again #TGV adapted to your specific needs, for our common interests: safety, speed, services and eco-mobility https://t.co/FJCW6M7Mwe
– Alain Krakovitch (@alainkrakovitch) September 4, 2022
On Twitter, Alain Krakovitch then tackled the Parisian club by reposting the video, before re-proposing a partnership offer.
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Indeed, public debate has taken hold of the use of private jets by billionaires and political leaders. At a time when the government is proposing energy sobriety, this extremely polluting means of transport makes the French political class shudder, especially among elected left-wing officials. Especially since in March 2021 the law on climate and resilience bans national air connections if there is an alternative by train in less than 2h30. However, this law does not apply to private jets.
For its part, the Minister of Sport, Amélie Oudéa-Castéra supported the approach ofAlain Krakovitch, taking other collaborations as an example “interesting to follow” : “It reminds me of the collaboration between Real Betis and Renfe, the equivalent of the SNCF in Spain, which allows for preferential rates for players, staff, managers on every trip”he told franceinfo, into the microphone of the show The Information Circle. So there are things to do to reduce the carbon footprint of French sport, confirms the minister, who also ensures that all players are “extremely busy“.
“I don’t have people on the defensive in front of me at all, on the contrary I have people who have understood that the more you advance and the more virtuous you are, the more you protect yourself from the cuts you have suffered”.Amélie Oudéa-Castéra, Minister of Sport
“Four working groups have been launched, which must launch extremely concrete proposals by the end of September. We know that there is a possible rationalization before, during and after the matches, there are many concrete things that we can enable”adds the Minister of Sport.
On Friday, the anti-globalization association Attac pointed to twitter the attitude of PSG player Lionel Messi, whose private jet has operated 52 flights since June, “that is 1,502 tons of CO2”. “He is like a Frenchman in 150 years”the organization stressed, also asking to regulate the use of private jets.