Olympics 2021: Macron aims for the Top 5 and "forty medals" to launch Paris 2024

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Emmanuel Macron is the only G7 head of state to participate in the opening ceremony of the Tokyo 2021 Olympic Games. To continue to live in times of Covid and support the French athletes, whom he hopes to see obtain around forty de medals to set the tone for Paris 2024.

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Emmanuel Macron joined Tokyo this Friday morning to meet the athletes, IOC President Thomas Bach, attend the opening ceremony of the 2021 Olympic Games and deliver several messages. The President of the French Republic already sees it as a way to show how to live with the coronavirus. “The Olympics were to be held, he told France 2. Living with the virus is also that.”

He had other messages to convey with a more sporting content since in Japan, Paris is already launching its 2024 Olympics, which it will organize. The presence of the President of the Republic – the only head of state of the G7 to attend the opening ceremony – falls above all within this framework. He took the opportunity to breathe a wind of conquest in the minds of the athletes. With one goal: to win the Top 5 in the medal ranking. A rank that the Blues have not reached since … 1912.

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“We want to enter the Top 5 for 2024”

“We are a strong nation and our objective is to do better than in Rio (42 medals in 2016, editor’s note) and to try to get into the Top 5, he says. (…) Rio is the best season (second behind Beijing 2008, 43, where Manuela Montebrun and Mehdi Baala had recovered medals a few years later on the green carpet) in terms of ranking. “

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“I believe that we were the 7th nation, he continues. We want to enter the Top 5 for 2024. We must aim for forty medals. We will have, as always, surprises in the good and the We must aim for this objective even if these figures do not always have a great value, great sense. We need great moments of emotion, that our athletes consolidate the performances. For those who will be in Paris in 2024. There must be great moments of emotion. it has to be an essential step. “

Emmanuel Macron is counting on this fortnight to strengthen the interest of France. “The challenge, as we have seen in all the previous Olympics, is that there is enthusiasm when you obtain the ability to organize and it is always hard when you arrive at the time to do so because ‘There is pressure on the country, he notes. Our challenge is to do everything so that in 2024, popular support is even stronger than today. That means being exemplary in the organization. “

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