Barely arrived, the new Minister of Sports and the Olympics Amélie Oudéa-Castéra undergoes an Olympic-level baptism of fire after the fiasco of the Champions League final at the Stade de France on Saturday.

This former junior tennis champion, ex-classmate of Emmanuel Macron at Ena, probably did not think of treading the carpet of the Senate so soon. Wednesday (5:00 p.m.), she lends herself to the game of questions from senators who have demanded to know more about what happened on the sidelines of the clash between Liverpool and Real, alongside the Minister of the Interior Gérald Darmanin.

The period of the legislative elections augured rather for a smooth taking up of office, but European football was invited to the table.

While her team is not yet fully formed, she finds herself propelled to the front line, her name in the international press, vilified by the English for having attacked on Saturday evening, via a tweet, to Liverpool supporters in their together, leaving the Stade de France.

A climax was reached on Tuesday with comments from Liverpool club chairman Tom Werner, who wrote to him: “your comments are irresponsible, unprofessional and totally disrespectful”, and asking him “for an apology”.

She replied that Liverpool were “a huge club” and that she owed an apology to those who, in good standing, were unable to come in and attend the game.

“It’s tough”, “it’s served!”, “for a baptism it’s a baptism”: observers of the sports sector can only note that the introduction is brutal, and continue to praise his skills , his knowledge of the files. “Anyway, in these cases, you are on the same line as the Interior”, also observes a former elected official.

This is what she did during the meeting followed by a press conference Monday at the Ministry of Sports alongside Gérald Darmanin, responding with good grace to English journalists.

So four days after this chaotic evening, she wrote it herself on Wednesday morning on her Twitter account: “Don’t crack under pressure? Walk. Walk this morning towards the Council ministers”, message accompanied by a photo of her and her security officer crossing a bridge in Paris.

Promoter of the generalization of 30 minutes of physical activity per day at school, one of the measures of Macron’s sports program that she has made, and already experienced, she wants to set an example and has already published photos of her doing an exercise bike and a sit-up session.

Everything had started well.

On May 20, in the presence of her family, her husband Frédéric, General Manager of Société Générale, and her three children, she took over from Roxana Maracineanu in a family and rather warm atmosphere, because the swimmer also brought his family in the entrance hall of the Ministry of Sports.

In theory, she will have a freer hand since she will no longer be under the supervision of the Ministry of National Education. And especially two years from the Olympic and Paralympic Games in Paris, she is in charge of this enormous file.

Tuesday afternoon, after the kiss to Tony Estanguet, the boss of the Olympics whom she already knows, she toured part of the services of the organizing committee (Cojo), with her chief of staff, ex prefect of Finistère, Philippe Mahé. Including up to the 7th roof terrace of the building located in Saint-Denis, with a breathtaking view of all the cranes that stain the horizon of the department, especially around the Stade de France in view of the Olympics.

Then exit the journalists, to move on to serious things and a working meeting with Tony Estanguet, the general manager and the financial director, and scan everything: security, budget, sponsors, competition sites, etc. Once the Stade de France storm has passed, she can devote herself to being “animator of this entire ecosystem” as she defines it herself.

01/06/2022 14:36:26 –         Paris (AFP) –         © 2022 AFP