Gilles Gontier, president of Marseille table tennis, is in first place.I thought it was a joke“. But not at all: like 99 other representatives of French clubs, he was invited this Monday to the Élysée for a reception given by the President on the subject of professional integration through sport.
The guests were not selected randomly because they were already part of clubs interested in the social aspect of the sport. “We have implemented many initiatives with social centres, schools and other organizations to improve social ties through sports practices.“, for example, lists the president of Marseille.”We carry out work in neighborhoods to bring young people together through sports and structure their life paths.“, also Brahim Timricht (Le Grand Bleu) and Sébastien Assaïante (Addap 13) were also invited, says Laurent Manneveau, sports director of SCO Sainte-Marguerite athletics.
President Macron announced the creation of 1,000 positions at the Élysée, supported by young sports educators specializing in professional integration over three years, and a new status for volunteers is projected on the 2024 horizon. A period of debate followed. “I was able to talk to him for three minutesDescribes Gilles Gontier. I gave him a club jersey and invited him to the opening of the new gym we are working on, hopefully on September 6, 2025.“An appointment has been made.