Depardieu from Paris to Russia ; French soldiers from Afghanistan to Tchad ; French car and other industries to Morocco ; Paris-Dakar raid from “French” Africa to Patagonia and Tour de France in Corsica : so what, now, if Armstrong talks ?
England seems attractive, all the more since most French sportspeople already live there if they can speak English, but it is not an option for real summer bicycle races, due to weather conditions, and because the British advertisers are busy with the Wimbledon tennis tournament in July.
One needs a glamorous country with a high tolerance for
drugs habits of outdoors professional politicians sportspeople (otherwise, real performers may not join), cheap wireless internet and a respect for environment (otherwise, real advertisers could withdraw).
Too bad if Paris is no longer an option due to that drug thing : they are 100% glamour, 100% professional and 100% ready for the 100th bicycle Tour de France, there. Besides, many hotels propose cheaper rates for early checkout.
Corsica could be an option : it’s green, beautiful, and French ; the roads are euro-subsidized and the water is drinkable in most places ; and people don’t seem to be as drug-friendly there as in continental Europe. But it may take some time for the people there to learn French, not to mention English ; the local gangsters should refrain from shooting (no, not shouting, this would be considered offensive, not polite, in Corsica) at each other during the competition (and not shoot at business people’s German cars when the French media is not busy with a war or football elsewhere), and it should be confirmed they can find a decent floating hotel for the international media and French politicians, now that they have crashed their flagship Napoleon Bonaparte in the harbour or Marseille.
After all, as roads in Africa are too hectic, the drinking water is not reliable in Chinindia, and Brazil is busy with football and the Olympics, let it be simple and let’s deal with Qatar, another proud leader of global “Francophonie”, as usual in France these days.
Renaud Favier – January 16th, 2013 - http://bonneannee2013.wordpress.com/
Bonus : French bicycle business race as usual, in 2013.