François Hollande : “A wonderful explosion of joy”


30 January 2017

François HOLLANDE, president of the French Republic,

After France’s win over Norway (33:26) in the final…

“Had we wanted to promote the Paris 2024 Olympic Games, we would have been unable to do better. The Organizing Committee must be congratulated, but also the Federation and the players, because they gave us a lot of emotions with this win, and an additional support to the Olympics application. Beyond all that, there is the tournament itself. The French team was the favourite, everyone was saying they were sure to win it… but nothing can ever be taken for granted. There were some very good teams in this tournament, and Norway could have beaten France. At the end of the first half, there was uncertainty. This goal at the last second of the first half and this tremendous start of the second half boosted the French team, which was then able to run through the end and to finish on a wonderful explosion of joy.”

Photo : Philippe Perusseau/DPPI