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Several French cities say ‘no’ to customary fan zones for the FIFA World Cup

French cities vow to ditch FIFA festivities. Cities protest Qatar’s human rights record.

Where: France

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Several French cities, including Paris, Lille, Bordeaux, Strasbourg, and Marseille, have announced they will boycott the FIFA World Cup this year.
The cities have decided not to set up customary fan zones with giant screens to promote the 2022 World Cup kicking off in Qatar in less than a month.
The cities are collectively protesting the human and environmental costs accrued from the Gulf state hosting the World Cup – costs that activists claim Doha is doing everything within its power to hide.
Strasbourg’s Mayor Jeanne Barseghian elaborated on their stance, “It is impossible for us to ignore the many alarms from NGOs about the abuse and exploitation of migrant workers.”
France will enter the tournament as the defending World Cup champions after beating Croatia in Moscow in 2018.

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