It took nine months to get another interview. Since her defeat in the 2022 presidential elections, Paris PS mayor Anne Hidalgo has become rare in the media. To bring her back, the politician has decided to grant an exclusive interview to the readers of the parisian . In front of six of them, all Parisians, he reviewed many topics, both political, qualifying for example the alliance with Jean-Luc Mélenchon. “dead end” , but also sports. In fact, it focused on the future of the Parc des Princes, the iconic stadium in Paris. Without deviating, Anne Hidalgo decided, he “will not sell” at Paris Saint Germain (PSG). “It is a firm and definitive position”he pointed out
“An exceptional heritage of the Parisians”
Currently, PSG occupies the Parc des Princes facilities thanks to a 30-year amphitheater lease. A situation that does not satisfy the Qatari owners of the club. Last December, they even went so far as to threaten to leave the club’s historic grounds if it wasn’t handed over. “ We cannot stay in these conditions. If we can take a step, we will stay. But we don’t want to be idle. The city council should think about our offer”had explained then, by the teamthe president of the club, Nasser Al-Khelaïfi. “If they don’t want to accept our offer, we leave. We are not threatening. We shake hands, thank the town hall and say goodbye.he concluded.
The Parc des Princes is not for sale, it is an exceptional heritage of Parisians. Of course, you need to support PSG in its desire and need to modernize and renovate the Park to increase its capacity.
— Anne Hidalgo (@Anne_Hidalgo) January 14, 2023
But Anne Hidalgo doesn’t want to hear anything. “He it is an exceptional heritage of Parisians”, she explains. However, there is no doubt that the mayor of Paris will leave this club. “We must support PSG in its desire and need for renovation, increased capacity, modernization of the Park”, even if “part of the stadium is on the ring road, so we cannot dig”she explains
PSG are disappointed by this decision
The club’s reaction was immediate. A few minutes after this decision by Anne Hidalgo, PSG also reacted parisian . “It is disappointing to hear that the mayor of Paris wants to evict Paris Saint-Germain and its supporters from the Parc des Princes while adding tens of millions of euros to Parisian taxpayers to maintain the structure of a stadium that has more than 50 years old and in need of a complete renovation”explains a club spokesperson.
PSG does not intend to abandon the idea of the buyback. The club remembers that it has already invested “More than 85 million euros to maintain the stadium, and has committed to invest an additional 500 million euros” for the coming years.
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“It is clear that such a large investment will only be made by PSG if we become owners of the Parc des Princes. With the definitive closure of acquisition discussions that began a long time ago and by denying our very important investment to reform the Park, the mayor forces PSG to leave their home and imposes a tax burden of several million euros to Parisian taxpayers. »continues this spokesperson.
“Everyone loses in the mayor’s position. Paris Saint-Germain are now forced to find alternative options to relocate the Club, depriving Paris of a major investment for its appeal. This is not the result that the club, nor its supporters expected.”this spokesman then concluded.
Source : Le JDD