Football: Ligue 1 broadcaster Mediapro sues Canal +

Posted on Nov 27, 2020 at 10:55 a.m.

The soap opera stretches out, becomes more complex and never ends. Mediapro, the main broadcaster of Ligue 1 football (80% of matches) via its Téléfoot channel, filed a summons with the Paris commercial court last week to ask Canal +, holder of the remaining 20%, for damages and interests, AFP believes.

The group accuses the encrypted channel of ” abuse of dominant position ” and of ” abusive and unfair practices »And considers that he has been harmed in the context of the negotiations following the call for tenders for Ligue 1 rights for the period 2020-2024. This was won by Mediapro for a historic record amount (780 million euros per season paid by the Catalan group for Ligue 1, out of a total of 1.153 billion per season).

While Mediapro has found distribution agreements with the four main French operators (Free, Bouygues, Orange, SFR), the group has never found common ground with Canal +. Mediapro claims that Vivendi’s channel made it an unacceptable offer in terms of exposure to its subscriber base in particular.

For its part, the encrypted channel has been speaking for weeks of a ” unequal treatment ” and of ” impossible conditions “And” unrealistic “. For this, Canal + has already taken Mediapro to court at the end of September with the commercial court of Nanterre.

The Téléfoot channel would have less than 500,000 subscribers

This conflict makes the ongoing conciliation process between Mediapro and the Professional Football League (LFP) all the more complex. This procedure was initiated by the Catalan group since October 19 in order to see the bill for this 2020-2021 season disrupted by the pandemic decrease.

The objective is now to reach a solution as soon as possible, while December 5, date of the next payment due (162 million euros) by Mediapro, is approaching. After having paid its first payment to the League in August, Mediapro indeed refused to pay the 172 million expected in October, forcing the LFP to borrow urgently to pay the very worried French clubs. A situation which threatens the entire economic balance of professional French football.

Today, Mediapro is very far from the volume of paying subscribers which is necessary for its profitability and which the group has estimated at 3.5 million people. Its Téléfoot channel would have only 480,000 customers, according to “L’Equipe”, while Mediapro claimed some… 600,000 a month ago, through the voice of its boss Jaume Roures.

In the event of termination of the contract, Canal + would be ready to make an offer to the LFP to recover Mediapro’s broadcasting rights over the period 2020-2024; the encrypted channel would be ready to offer a fixed sum of nearly 600 million euros per season, up to 700 million (a bonus linked to a certain increase in its subscriber volume), advance “The Team”. An amount very far from the amount initially promised by Mediapro.

“In the end I was really good at it”

Mr Pomplitz, on Friday you held a barkeeper’s telephone consultation for the third time in the Golden Crown in Darmstadt. How was it?

Very pleasant. I sit on the phone for personal discussions on Fridays from 8 p.m. to 9 p.m. Then we do a live show where the conversations are streamed on Facebook. This time, many former employees called who talked about the past. One woman was very sad because she would still like to work. But she can no longer because of Corona because she belongs to the risk group.

Have guests already called?

Yes, I partially recognized them directly from their voice. Once a whole regular’s table called. They call the Krone their living room. They put the phone on loudspeaker at home and said that they missed the drinks and would now have to be satisfied with cheap beer from the supermarket. Otherwise there were interesting calls from far away, someone called from Kiel because he had heard about the action on a radio station. Another gentleman said that he was at home with a lady he found attractive. He didn’t know what to do because he’s pretty shy. That’s why he asked my advice while he was hiding on the balcony, supposedly to get some fresh air. And a teacher called who had problems with a student because her parents split up. I was a little overwhelmed. But I did my best to come up with productive ideas.

You are 25 years old and have been a bartender for three years. Did you realize at first that talking to people is part of your job?

In no way. I assumed that I would give people a couple of beer bottles and collect them. But that’s maybe a third of the job.

At least at the weekend there was always hell going on in the Krone. When do you come to chat?

Most likely between Sunday and Tuesday, when the two of us work in the pub. Someone taps, someone has time for the guests. And we have a smaller bar on the first floor, so it’s always a bit more cozy and personal.

What kind of stories do you hear there?

Lots of nice ones, sometimes not so nice ones. Once I had to work alone for four hours because my colleague was taking care of a customer who was not mentally well at all. It was busy and I was alone. But in the end the woman felt better.

Do you think that many people lack bars as a social meeting point?

This is a problem for many, especially for single people around 40 who usually come to the crown after work and chat for a few beers. It affects them the most because otherwise they don’t have many contacts. We have a regular from Frankfurt who usually comes every day. He has already called, we are now in contact via Whatsapp. He’s really fucked up. It’s hard to see how this pulls people down.

This probably also applies to colleagues in the industry.

I have heard from several bar owners in Darmstadt that they can barely pay the rent with government aid, but have no more money for food. Many feel betrayed because they invested to meet the hygiene requirements and then were closed anyway. We had a very good hygiene concept in the summer, the police were often there for controls and always enthusiastic. We are ready when it starts again: We use the courtyard, the warehouse, the cloakroom and the dance floors so that people can keep their distance. But we’re more likely to expect February, March. Many of our temporary workers will not even receive short-time allowances by then.

And you?

Me, yes. Above all, I lack the rhythm in the daily routine. The bartender’s phone brings this normality back to me at least a little. I’m in contact with the guests again, it’s not the same, but it comes close.

Do you have a drink too?

I’ve drank schnapps with callers. On Friday I also had an occasional drink. In the end I was really good at it.


In Guyana, “some days, we don’t even have rice, we go to sleep without eating”

The laterite alley, the red soil of the Amazon, sinks for several hundred meters into the Bamboo squat, with, on each side, sheet metal and wooden huts and, in the middle, children playing barefoot. In this slum on the outskirts of Cayenne of 2,600 inhabitants, Lucette (the first name has been changed) has a tired face and drawn features. Beaten the day before by her companion, she took refuge with a relative with her three children. She leaves behind an almost empty fridge, which she filmed on her cell phone. Inside, she comments, “A little corn, flour, two heads of fish and spices, and that’s it”.

Arrived from Haiti four years ago, she does not work for lack of a residence permit. Most often, she depends on the rare “Small races” made by his companion and neighborhood solidarity. “Some days I only eat a baguette, she says, because I can’t annoy my neighbors all the time. “ The menu is often “A little rice, corn, plus two potatoes for my children” … She shows her arms, bombs the chest. “Before I was strong, but I lost weight”, she slips.

A little further, two inhabitants give ” a hand “ to a friend who lost her home in a fire. While waiting for the end of the work, Ovane, who lived there with his 14-year-old son, is staying with a neighbor. “Before, I did ironing jobs, but since the Covid crisis, there is no more work”, explains this Haitian national without papers. Fédé helps him on the construction site. Emaciated face, he does not seem in great shape. “I don’t eat every day, he admits. When there is work, that’s fine, but if not… ” “Some days, we don’t even have rice, we go to sleep without eating”, continues Jean-Junior, who is also taking part in the work. He received five food packages at the height of the crisis in the neighborhood, but this mode of distribution has stopped.

A situation comparable to that of Haiti in 2016

To qualify and quantify the hunger that strikes the Guyanese territory, the Red Cross, Médecins du monde, the Cayenne hospital center and the regional health agency (ARS) carried out a field study in the precarious housing districts of Cayenne and its outskirts. Conducted among 221 households (representing 1,023 people) from July 23 to August 7, this survey, the results of which were published in the Weekly epidemiological bulletin of Public Health France on November 17, describes alarming hunger situations. Thus, 93% of adults and 80.3% of children had eaten less than three meals the day before the survey; 45% of adults and 32% of children had had only one meal the previous day. In the slums of Cayenne, food insecurity is comparable to that quantified by the World Food Program (WFP) in Haiti, in the suburbs of Port-au-Prince, in 2016 in the midst of drought, write the authors of the study.

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Partners are not idiots

Barça is thirteenth in the standings, 12 points behind Atlético de Madrid, who beat Valencia this Saturday and lead the table alongside Real Sociedad (the Basque team with one more game) – have lost Gerard Piqué and Ansu Fati – the references in defense and attack -, Messi is no longer a decisive player because he can’t and, in addition, he lacks the spirit of hostage of a club in which he did not want to stay three years ago. .


Social and ecological – innovative project – Ebersberg

In a few days, a photovoltaic system (PV system) will be put into regular operation in the municipality of Poing, which is so far unique in the Ebersberg district: The PV system is equipped with a new type of salt-based electricity storage system and is part of the so-called Tenant electricity model to the grid. With an output of 100 kilowatts, which supplies around 95,000 kilowatt hours of electricity per year, all 24 income-oriented-subsidized apartments in Bergfeldstrasse 9 in the W5 residential area, the Zauberwinkel, can then be supplied with electricity from their own roof. The project was realized by Eberwerk, a company of 19 municipalities, which is to promote the energy transition in the district on behalf of the municipalities. Last week was the inauguration of the PV system, attended by Poings Mayor Thomas Stark (independent), District Administrator Robert Niedergesäß (CSU), the chairman of the Ebersberg housing association (GWG) Ulrich Krapf, owner of the building at Bergfeldstrasse 9, and Eberwerk managing director Markus Henle had come.

“This is a completely innovative project,” says Markus Henle when asked by SZ. “A second comparable one is currently not being planned.” The innovation for the district lies in two aspects: On the one hand, in the storage medium for electricity, namely a salt-based battery. In contrast to the lithium-based batteries that have been used up to now, this battery manages with raw materials that are more resource-efficient in terms of extraction and easier to handle for later recycling. These basic materials are essentially table salt, nickel, iron and ceramics. On the other hand, the PV system runs under the so-called tenant electricity model. The electricity is produced in the immediate vicinity of the electricity consumer and does not have to be routed to him or his apartment via public roads – in this case, the electricity-producing PV system is placed on the roof of the house.

However, the project has a catch: “From an economic point of view, one would currently rather rely on a commercially available lithium-ion storage device,” said Markus Henle in a press release. When asked, he said that the project was not having a positive economic impact on the boar farm. On the one hand, because the salt-based batteries are expensive; on the other hand, because the legal conditions for using electricity from tenants do not offer any financial incentives. In the case of tenant electricity, the legislator has more requirements for electricity measurement and billing, explains Henle. “There are a lot of hurdles.”

In this case, however, he puts more emphasis on the aspect of innovation that the project brings with it despite all the economic difficulties. In addition, the municipality of Poing and the Ebersberger cooperative contributed EUR 1,000 each, and the district contributed EUR 3,000 to the additional costs of more than EUR 10,000.

“We were very happy to support the project,” says Mayor Stark. He describes the fact that a PV tenant power system is now doing its job in the Zauberwinkel as strategically favorable: Directly opposite is the new building area W7, the Lerchenwinkel. “It’s always good to have an example of best practice on site,” said the town hall chief. Should property developers in Lerchenwinkel signal interest in such a project, they would only need to change the side of the street and have a look at one that is in operation.

The owner of the house at Bergfeldstrasse 9, GWG, also paid attention to the aspect of environmental protection. “It was important to us from the beginning to implement the project with an ecologically innovative solution,” said GWG Chairman Krapf. District administrator Niedergesäß also sees the Poingen project as a “visible sign in the district” for the expansion of PV systems – enough potential for this would lie dormant in the district.

Apart from the PV system in the Poinger Zauberwinkel, several other projects have recently been completed in cooperation with the boar factory. For example, a 1.5 megawatt PV system has been implemented at Canon, also based in Poing. In the neighboring municipality of Markt Schwaben, a system with a similar capacity was built on the railroad tracks. Last week, the Eberwerk also put two charging stations for e-cars in Forstinning and others in the Ebersberg city area into operation, so that there are now a total of five. Users can pay with contactless EC cards, mobile phones and charging cards from various providers.


“Diego is like us”: the Argentineans’ final tribute to their idol

At 10 p.m. sharp this Wednesday, November 25, it is not for the caregivers that Argentina applauded. In the capital, Buenos Aires, as in the rest of the country, on the balconies, from the windows, on the doorsteps, from the cars, all over the capital, the hands clacked, the horns sounded and the eyes twitched. filled with tears. For Diego.

Distraught since the news of Maradona’s death by the media at the beginning of the afternoon, Argentina sought to prolong its last breath until the end of the night and to sing its eternal gratitude to the sky, of Boca Juniors’ lair at the foot of the obelisk, the Mecca of football celebrations. “I needed to be there, not to stay at home. Pay him a last tribute, because, tomorrow, with the pandemic, it will be dangerous at Casa Rosada, ”admits Gabriel, in tears, national flag worn in a cape. Before explaining: “Messi is the Argentine we would like to be, talented, orderly. Diego is the Argentine that we are. He represents 85% of us. “

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After a night when the smell of alcohol mixed sadness and euphoria, the last farewell to the one who fell into legend during this quarter-final against the English has finally begun. At 6:30 a.m., after the family had gathered in privacy, the Casa Rosada, the presidential palace, opened its doors to the public. Before Diego, only the funeral wakes of Fangio (1995) and Nestor Kirchner (2010) had taken place in the seat of the Argentine executive.

Several thousand people in an electric atmosphere

There were many, several thousand, waiting for hours, singing, on the very emblematic Place de Mai. The atmosphere was electric, similar to that of the surroundings of a football stadium. The supporters had not lost any of their reflexes and their codes, despite months of stadium abstinence. Quickly, the device, light, set up to avoid crowds and ensure access by small groups took water. Those in the front line of a long line broke through the barriers set up around Place de Mai and on the avenue leading to the government building. A crowd rushed them towards the television cameras. Some even tried to climb the gates of the Casa Rosada. The episode, brought under control, could have been more serious, but, despite their condition, fans finally returned to the path of patience.

Since then, an astonishing atmosphere reigns on this place where the greatest dramas as the greatest triumphs of the country have taken place. The long line imposed by the security barriers gives the air of pilgrimage to this sunny day. The admirers, moved to tears for the most part, sing a little less and advance religiously in a place of power whose corridors are rarely accessible to them.

In turn, they pass in front of the coffin of their idol where the Argentinian flag is placed and jerseys of Boca Juniors, his club of hearts, and of the Albiceleste. Some throw flowers, others cross themselves or talk to him, before withdrawing. The contrast is striking with the atmosphere of a night that seemed eternal, but which was able to be as moving as it was festive, like the one to whom it paid homage.

Presidential election in Burkina Faso: one favorite, two challengers

Between “300 and 350,000” people out of the 6.5 million voters, could not vote Sunday in Burkina Faso in areas affected by insecurity, said Sunday, November 22 in the evening the president of the Electoral Commission, Newton Ahmed Barry.

The vote count should take several days. The opponents have already announced that they would unite behind the one who came out on top for the second round, a scenario that has never happened in Burkina Faso.

► A catastrophic security record for the outgoing Roch Marc Christian Kaboré

Elected in 2015, Roch Marc Christian Kaboré, 63, is the big favorite in this election. He represented himself before the Burkinabe voters, with a good chance of being re-elected. Its community base (from the majority Mossi people), and its consensual way of governing ensure it a comfortable advance over its other adversaries.

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Economically, it can highlight some major achievements such as the Zagtouli solar power plant, inaugurated in 2017, and the Ouagadougou road interchange. We also owe the construction of 7,500 boreholes to facilitate the population’s access to water. And free maternal and child care.

On the security level, its record is catastrophic: more than a fifth of the territory is now beyond the control of Ouagadougou. Jihadist groups continue to expand their area of ​​influence in the country. The armed forces are not only unable to contain this contagion, but they are also regularly accused, along with the self-defense militias, of committing abuses against the populations they are supposed to protect. In the first place against the Fulani, accused or suspected of being the accomplices of the jihadists.

→ READ. Burkina Faso sinks into insecurity

If this security record is pocketed by his opponents, “It is also used by the outgoing president to explain the obstacles he encountered in enforcing all his policies. And it seems that this argument pays off ”, observes journalist Édouard Samboe, from

► Zéphirin Diabré, the opponent of 2015

Facing him, his opponent from 2015, Zéphirin Diabré. Several times ministers under Blaise Compaoré, former Africa director of the French nuclear group Areva and former deputy director general of the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), Zéphirin Diabaré is now 61 years old. A candidate for the Union for Progress and Change (UPC), he campaigned above all by attacking the government’s strategy in the face of the jihadist threat.

Zéphirin Diabré is in favor of a more diplomatic method. To his eyes, “The question of knowing if this fight against terrorism can be won only on the military level” is a real point of disagreement with Roc Marc Christian Kaboré, he explained on RFI. “I observe, for example, what is happening in Afghanistan with the Taliban, he added. I see that the Americans and their army, which is the most powerful in the world, with all the means at their disposal, have not succeeded in eradicating the phenomenon in twenty to thirty years of fighting. They returned to discussions with the parties involved. So the option of identifying among those who attack us, women, and men with whom we can enter into a dialogue, is an option that I do not rule out. “

Elected, he will appoint a government of national reconciliation “In which all the major components of our political life will be present”. However, his chances are limited insofar as he failed to unify the opposition during the five-year term of Roch Marc Christian Kaboré.

► Eddie Komboïgo, capitalize on the nostalgia of the Compaoré years

Another figure can disrupt the re-election of the outgoing president, Eddie Komboïgo, of the Congress for Democracy and Progress (CDP), the party of former President Blaise Compaoré. Excluded from the 2015 election, the CDP is making a comeback in the Burkinabé political game. His herald, Eddie Komboïgo, is 56 years old and at the head of a fortune deemed colossal.

He was able to capitalize on the nostalgia that part of the electoral body may feel for the Compaoré years: Burkina Faso was then a stable country spared by jihadist groups. Eddie Komboïgo wants to embody national reconciliation and has clearly expressed himself in favor of the return of all political exiles, in the first place, of his mentor, Blaise Compaoré.


Death of Maradona, the whole world in mourning

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In Radio Foot today, we evoke the emotion following the disappearance of “Pibe de Oro”. From Giresse to Matthäus, from Pelé to François Omam-Biyik, the players who have rubbed shoulders or faced him are unanimous in saluting the talent of the number 10 passed by Boca Juniors, Barcelona and Naples. A tribute that goes beyond the world of football.

We go to Naples, the San Paulo stadium remained lit up all night in homage to the sports legend. The enclosure may soon bear the name of its idol.

We are going to Africa where the disappearance of the offensive midfielder, half angel, half demon, often endearing, sometimes excessive, has aroused the stir.

We look back on his career in club and in selection, as a player and as a coach, we evoke the famous 1986 World Cup meeting against England, and the “hand of God” which will remain as one of the most memorable images. of the history of football.

The time when Maradona and the Albiceleste selection were one. What legacy does he leave? Will we see a player of this size in the future?

Around Annie Gasnier and Alejandro Valente to evoke the Argentinian: Bruno Constant, Gilles Verdez and Dominique Sévérac. Preparation: David Fintzel / Pierre Guérin. Technique / production: Laurent Salerno.

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5G: the number of checks on electronic waves will triple, assures Cédric O

Next year there will be 10,000 checks carried out on the level of electronic waves, three times more than in 2020, half of which will relate to 5G, assured the Secretary of State for Digital Cédric O, in an interview with Sunday Newspaper.

The question of the health impact of electronic waves is “one of the most documented public health subjects,” replied Cédric O, questioned about the moratorium requested by the citizens’ convention on the deployment of 5G in France.

“There are nearly 28,000 studies on the subject […] All converge towards the same conclusion: there is no demonstrated impact below health standards. Exposure levels in France are on average 200 times lower than these standards, ”said the Secretary of State.

The government “assumes its deployment”

However, to answer questions, Cédric O assured that controls on exposure levels would triple in 2021. “But under these conditions, the government assumes its deployment,” he continued.

The Secretary of State also regretted “among environmentalists and among some left-wing mayors a political instrumentalisation of the subject”.

“I do not doubt for a moment, however, that even the most resistant like Éric Piolle (the mayor EELV of Grenoble opposed to 5G, Editor’s note) will end up accepting 5G in the coming months,” he said.

Finally, Cédric O believes that nothing is preventing the deployment of 5G in Paris by the end of the year. “If the operators want to light, they can,” he explained to the JDD.

Environment: Bavaria declares 52,000 hectares as natural forests – Bavaria

The Ammer Mountains are a rather quiet mountain region far away from the hustle and bustle of tourists. The 30 to 30 kilometer mountain range extends west from Garmisch-Partenkirchen to Füssen and across to Tyrol. Its highest mountain on the Bavarian side is the 2185 meter high Kreuzspitze. To climb the rocky summit between Graswangtal and Loisachtal you need alpine experience, you have to be sure-footed and free from giddiness. On the lower slopes of the Kreuzspitze, as in many places in the lonely mountain region, there is a wild mountain spruce forest. Now parts of the Ammergau Alps are to become even more unspoilt. Forest Minister Michaela Kaniber (CSU) is setting up a 5000 hectare natural forest on the Kreuzspitze. The national park principle “let nature be nature” applies to it, so it should develop without human influence.