Serres d’Auteuil : Delanoë’s Pyrrhic victory

The Serres d’Auteuil
Photo : Didier Rykner

No doubt the Mayor of Paris will gloat about his « victory » in the media. The Fédération française de tennis has indeed decided (70% in the third round of voting) to stay in Paris and extend the location of the Roland-Garros tournament into the Serres d’Auteil.

Heritage supporters as well as ecologists, outraged by the planned massacre of this fragile botanical garden, should not be discouraged. The legal impediments facing the project are such, the determination of associations opposing it is so obvious that the extension will never take place.

This Pyrrhic victory was made possible partly due to the alliance between Bertrand Delanoë and Nicolas Sarkozy. In fact, the Minister of Culture (see our previous editorial) could very easily oppose the project legally by invoking the law for historical monuments which theoretically protects this site from being disfigured as planned but we strongly doubt that he will take any action.

One day when the extension into the Serres d’Auteil will be long forgotten and Roland-Garros will find itself corresponding inadequately to international criteria with no possible solution, the Madrid tournament will be favored over Paris given that it fits all the demands of the International Tennis Federation. And Delanoë will be remembered as the mayor who lost the Grand Slam tournament for Paris AND for France.

Press release of Europe écologie – Les Verts.

Link to the petition, signatures are still needed !

Didier Rykner, lundi 14 février 2011

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