Clichy (AFP)

Marie-Josée Pérec, Christine Arron, Basile Boli ... Big names in French sport, and most of the leaders of major disciplines, gave their support on Saturday to Valérie Pécresse, candidate for her re-election at the head of the Ile-de-France region. de-France, during a meeting in Clichy-la-Garenne (Hauts-de-Seine).

Present on site or by video, the presidents of the French federations of tennis, athletics, cycling, gymnastics, rugby, handball, basketball, volleyball, judo, boxing, golf, horse riding, rowing, canoeing, ice hockey, dance, wrestling , karate, kick-boxing or even baseball highlighted the results of the outgoing president (Libres !, ex-LR), who is aiming for a second term in the elections on June 20 and 27.

"The Ile-de-France region is the one that contributes the most to the sports movement," said the president of the French Athletics Federation André Giraud.

"I have never seen such glaring unanimity from all the players," remarked former Olympic handball champion and former League (LNH) president Olivier Girault.

"We are finally seeing actions, keep it up."

Several champions, most of them retired, were also present: Didier Dinart, Marie-José Pérec, Christine Arron, Basile Boli, Nordine Oubaali or even Jean-Marc Mormeck, former world boxing champion who must set up a "regional agency of the republican promise "in the event of the re-election of Ms. Pécresse.

According to Patrick Karam, vice-president of the region in charge of youth and sports, 1,000 sports facilities were created or rehabilitated during the mandate.

The former minister of Nicolas Sarkozy notably promised a post-Covid "rescue plan" endowed with 20 million euros over the 2021-2022 season for the Ile-de-France clubs, which would each receive between 400 and 1,500 euros.

"We have the ambition that 100% of our towns and villages will be equipped with at least one (sports) establishment of proximity during the mandate", she also committed, making the learning of the swimming a "regional priority".

During the week, Valérie Pécresse also recorded two “people” supporters: rapper Gims and singer and actress Line Renaud.

According to an OpinionWay poll for CNews published in early June, Ms. Pécresse, who conditioned the rest of her political career to her re-election, would lead in the first round of the regional, on June 20, with 34% of the vote, ahead of Jordan Bardella (RN , 19%), Laurent Saint-Martin (LREM, 16%), Julien Bayou (EELV, 12%), Clémentine Autain (LFI, 10%) and Audrey Pulvar (PS, 9%).

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