Scandal of racist and sexist language used at organisation delivering Paris Olympics

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An investigation by Mediapart has revealed a pattern of anti-Roma insults, sexist behaviour and prejudice towards residents of a high-immigration area among certain staff at an organisation helping to deliver the 2024 Paris Olympic Games. After Mediapart raised the issue with management three employees at SOLIDEO – the body overseeing construction of the Games infrastructure - have been suspended and an internal inquiry has been established. Previous attempts to raise the issue internally, including the referral of complaints to the office of Paris mayor Anne Hidalgo,  apparently had little effect. Jade Lindgaard and Antton Rouget report.

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Among the values represented by the Paris Olympic and Paralympic Games are inclusion, openness towards others and tolerance. That, at least, is the view of the two leading figures behind the event; France's triple Olympic canoeing champion Tony Estanguet, who is head of the Paris 2024 Organising Committee, and the socialist mayor of Paris Anne Hidalgo.