Amélie Oudéa-Castéra reacted to the dossier on cases of radicalization in French sport on BFMTV this Thursday, after the publication of an investigation. While on the show Enjoy All Saints’ DayThe Minister of Sports announced the figures on separatism in French sports clubs and associations.
In particular, a sociological study conducted by Médéric Chapitaux highlighted a process of radicalization in sport and the growth of separatism in France. guest of the show Enjoy All Saints’ Day This Thursday on BFMTV, Amélie Oudéa-Castéra called for not generalizing, reminding that such a phenomenon needs to be monitored.
“My message is certainly not ‘first of all, there are no waves’. My message is first of all to ask whether there is a risk and therefore the need for caution. At that point, my answer is yes. In fact, there is a need for absolute vigilance against these communal, separatist or radicalization extremes,” he assured Sports Minister. “My second message is to say that the situation is very serious and too important to allow caricatures and mistakes.”
Identification of 27 separatist extremists
Praising the work of the ministry’s staff, Amélie Oudéa-Castéra insisted on the success of the fight against radicalization in sports.
“We need to qualify this, I say 3 thousand 449 checks were carried out in 2022, there were 27 detections of separatist harassment. That is 0.8 percent. Still 0.8 percent is too much, but I cannot hear that there is complacency, cowardice or laxity,” he insisted. the former tennis player once again. “On the contrary, the government has put in place a republican charter and I will never waver to implement it. “Including the closure of businesses.”
Amélie Oudéa-Castéra continues: “In 2023, nearly 6,000 inspections will be carried out in sports clubs. […] “We have a process with the governors and, if necessary, we make decisions about closing, cutting subsidies or supervising educators.”
“We are not in a galloping trend towards radicalization.”
Amélie Oudéa-Castéra was extremely determined and very clear, reintroducing the elements put forward by Médéric Chapitaux in his research on sports practices and the phenomenon of radicalization in France. According to him, the fact that the figures are very old has led to erroneous interpretation. Number of reports on the prevention of terrorist radicalization, particularly related to sports.
Finally, Amélie Oudéa-Castéra said: “12% of those registered with the FSPRT are registered in the context of sports (editor’s note) I reject these figures.” “Just like much of the investigation on which Médéric Chapitaux is based, he is otherwise a completely respectable man with whom we have ongoing dialogue in my office. But not today.”
The government member also came to the following conclusion on this question: “In the FSPRT files from which I received the data, active files related to sports increased from 1,000 in 2019 to 550 in 2022. Therefore, there is a decrease towards 7 in this 12 percent. %. Therefore, contrary to what some would like to believe or incite, we are not in a galloping trend towards the radicalization of separatism in sport. On the contrary, we are in the direction of further tightening of these facts. This does not mean that we should not be too careful. One case always means one too many.”