Two rooms, two atmospheres. While the police evacuated, Friday, June 11, the revelers gathered on the Esplanade des Invalides for non-compliance with the curfew, the spectators of Roland-Garros were exceptionally allowed to attend the Nadal-Djokovic match until ‘at the end. “Madam, Sir, in agreement with the national authorities, the match will come to an end in your presence”, said the speaker of the Philippe-Chatrier court. On learning that they had won their case, spectators began chanting “Thank you Macron! Thank you Macron!”.
“I would like to thank the Elysée and Matignon for allowing us to go to the end of this incredible suspense, this legendary match” declared Gilles Moretton, the president of the French Tennis Federation (FFT) at the microphone of France Televisions.
This “pardon” from the public authorities, already granted for the football match between France and Bulgaria on Tuesday evening at the Stade de France, has sparked an avalanche of criticism, from political leaders of the RN or EELV and journalists .
However, it should be noted that access to Roland-Garros was conditional on the presentation of a health pass, wearing a mask and respecting barrier gestures, unlike the improvised party on the Esplanade des Invalides.