World Cup-2022 in Qatar: an LREM MP compares the construction site to that of the Eiffel Tower and then apologizes
The Renaissance deputy (ex-LREM) Karl Olive seemed to put the safety problems on the construction sites of the 2022 Football World Cup in Qatar into perspective on Friday, talking about the “300 deaths” during the “construction of the Eiffel Tower”, before backpedaling.
“We must not confuse and mix what does not have to be mixed. At that time, we can also recall that at the time of the construction of the Eiffel Tower, there were more than 300 deaths,” he said on France Info.
Mr. Olive was asked about the ratification by Parliament on Thursday of a partnership between Paris and Doha on the security of the 2022 Football World Cup in Qatar, with the help of about 220 French experts: GIGN, anti-drone combat, mine clearance or search for explosives.
In the chamber, several opposition deputies had then denounced the “ecological scandal” of this World Cup with air-conditioned stadiums or the “scandalous treatment of migrant workers”, “quasi slaves”.
Under fire from critics, especially from the left, Mr. Olive backpedaled later in the morning, on Twitter: “The 300 people (370 precisely) that I mentioned did not die during the construction of the Eiffel Tower site but since its construction in 1887. This example was unwelcome. I apologize for that.”
“Shame. An LREM MP defends Qatar with false figures and a mind-blowing comparison with the construction of the Eiffel Tower,” assented LFI MP Thomas Portes, believing that “this world cup is built on a pile of corpses”
Qatar has been repeatedly criticized for its treatment of migrant workers, especially those working in construction.
Doha points out that it has since made enormous efforts to improve the lot of foreign workers by imposing a minimum wage –about 270 euros per month — and by banning the omnipotence of some employers who prevented their employees from leaving the country or changing jobs.
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