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SEINE OF TROUBLE? WORLD CUP EXEC BLASTS FRENCH SUPPORT
Published June 9, 1998
World Cup Organizing Committee co-President Michel Platini was quoted in a French paper as saying that French officials aren't providing enough support to the event, according to the AP's Barry Wilner. Platini: "France has done what it had to do, but nothing more. Take the big party in Paris on 'Day 1,' for example. Can you believe that it's been hard to get authorizations? They don't give a damn." Platini said the opening festivities cost $8.3M to organize. In other news, Wilner reports that the strike by Air France pilots "shows no signs of ending soon and is certain to disrupt the World Cup." Wilner adds that French authorities have "continued their vigilant campaign against terrorist threats to disrupt the event" (AP/SALT LAKE TRIBUNE, 6/9). In L.A. Helene Elliott previews the event and wonders, "Will it come to be know as the most entertaining World Cup ever staged ... or merely the most star-crossed tournament because of problems with hooligans or terrorism?" (L.A. TIMES, 6/9). In Chicago, Bonnie DiSimone previews the host country's efforts: "Since they landed this event, Parisians are determined to have it reflect well of them. If there is one thing the fractious French hold as a collective societal value, it is a horror of being embarrassed" (CHICAGO TRIBUNE, 6/9).