Employees of "L'Equipe" called a strike this Friday.
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A great outpouring of solidarity.
"Come back quickly, bring us back to sport, all sports, and continue to tell us, to tell me": 180 top-level athletes signed a letter of support on Friday to the journalists of
on strike since January 8.
“For years now, we have met, we discuss at the edge of the fields, roads, swimming pools, gymnasiums, tracks.
Years to share, sometimes to waste time, ”notes the text signed by some of the biggest names in sport, active or retired, French or not.
"We never broke this link"
From Rudy Gobert to Marie-José Pérec via Dante, Greg Lemond, Renaud Lavillenie, Samantha Davies, Yannick Noah, Michel Platini, Pauline Ferrand-Prévost or Alain Prost, but also leaders like Jean-Michel Aulas or coaches like Corinne Deacon, all hope to see the daily sports in the kiosks as soon as possible.
“By accompanying my first steps, my victories, my medals, you have been the link with my supporters, millions of sports enthusiasts.
You did not hide my defeats, my doubts either.
I confided in you, it was sometimes tense but we always reconciled.
We have never broken that link.
Except these last days when, absent from kiosks, laptops, tablets, you leave us helpless, ”underlines the text published on social networks.
Another initiative, a handwritten letter sent by the director of the Groupama-FDJ cycling team, Marc Madiot, to “Madame Amaury” (Marie-Odile Amaury, owner of the eponymous group to which the newspaper belongs), and a photo of which has been posted Thursday on social networks: "I know the difficulties of the written press but I also know that we win the matches or the races as a team (…) We, we need YOUR TEAM", writes in particular Madiot.
A strike at "L'Equipe"
A large majority of journalists from
are on strike to obtain the withdrawal of the job protection plan (PSE) unveiled in the fall by the management of the Amaury group, and which provides for the elimination of around fifty positions , including 47 journalist positions, within SAS L'Équipe (the daily, the magazine,
and the weekly
, in the process of becoming a monthly) which employs 350 people.
The goal is to save 5 million euros and avoid 6 million losses in 2021, in a context of declining paper sales made worse by the health crisis and the end of sports competitions in the spring.
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