Atcher’s layoff was ‘a necessity’, says Oudéa-Castéra

Juliette Moreau Alvarez
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9:19 p.m., September 01, 2022

guest on Europe 1 Sports, the Minister of Sports and the Olympic and Paralympic Games Amélie Oudéa-Castéra returned to the dismissal of the general manager of the Rugby World Cup 2023 Claude Atcher. “We were of course very concerned by what came out at the end of June”, explain the minister at the microphone of Virginie Phulpin and Jacques Vendroux. “I immediately decided to initiate two investigations, an internal investigation by the structure’s Ethics Committee and another by the labor inspectorate.”

“Worrying Findings”

On August 18, the ethics committee submitted its report to the minister. From this emerged “worrying conclusions about the management methods of Claude Atcher”. Overall, “a feeling of a team in distress”, a “social climate presented as deleterious”, and an “acute crisis of confidence”, lists the Minister of Sports. The situation was such that there were “psychosocial risks” and “risks of departures”, specifies Amélia Oudéa-Castéra on Europe 1. For the minister, there was a “necessity” to carry out an update deviation from Claude Atcher, pending the conclusions of the labor inspectorate”, which will arrive “during September”.

Friday, at 8 a.m., a board of directors will be held within the Public Interest Group (GIP) 2023 to ratify this precautionary layoff, announces the minister on Europe 1. Subsequently, the inspection report work “will lead us to take our responsibilities, with the French Rugby Federation and the CNOSF (Comité National Olympique et Sportif Français), which are the two other founding members of the GPI”.

An immediate layoff

At the end of June, the sports daily The Team had published damning testimonies on the deep social malaise within the GIP. Because behind this layoff, a lot of suffering for the employees of the GPI France 2023 who are preparing for this event”, recalls the minister at the microphone of Europe 1. The Ministry of Sports had therefore decided to lay off Claude Atcher “as a precaution with immediate effect, for the time necessary to close the investigation currently being carried out by the labor inspectorate”.

It is now the deputy director general of the GIP, Julien Collette, who is at the head of the group.


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