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Fans won’t be allowed back in French sports stadiums this year, Macron announces

Fans will not be allowed to return to French sports stadiums this year, and when they do it will be with strict crowd limits depending on a venue's size, the French president said on Tuesday.

Fans won't be allowed back in French sports stadiums this year, Macron announces
France's match against Sweden at the Stade de France on Tuesday was played behind closed doors. Photo: AFP

A return of spectators “is not possible in December” given the recent surge in Covid-19 cases in France, which led the government to announce a new partial lockdown last month, President Emmanuel Macron told sports officials in a conference call.

But he said youth clubs might be allowed to reopen in December if the number of new daily coronavirus cases continues to decline, as long as reinforced measures are taken to avoid contagion risks, particularly indoors, his office said.

Macron also unveiled a €100 million plan for next year to finance a “sports pass” encouraging young people to take up athletic activities, for example by paying club dues or buying equipment.

The funds could prove a lifeline for amateur clubs in particular, which have been hammered by the health crisis.

A source close to the presidency told AFP that Macron will likely explain next week how and when France will emerge from its second nationwide lockdown, days before the December 1st deadline he gave when announcing it on October 28th.

Retailers are hanging on for news of when they can reopen, while the whole country is anxious for hints about whether families will be able to gather for Christmas.

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The source said that any easing will be “step-by-step”, while Prime Minister Jean Castex said small shops could reopen as soon as November 27th if new infections fall far enough, MPs who had breakfast with him Tuesday said.

Government officials have indicated they hope to ease the lockdown from next month if the health crisis eases, in particular for hospitals dealing with a surge in intensive care patients.

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AMERICANS IN FRANCE

How to watch the 2023 Super Bowl on French TV

If you are looking to watch the 57th Super Bowl on French TV or in a bar in France, here is the information you need.

How to watch the 2023 Super Bowl on French TV

As the Kansas City Chiefs prepare to take on the Philadelphia Eagles in the 57th Super Bowl on Sunday night / Monday morning, Americans in France and all football fans looking to watch the most important game of the NFL season are likely wondering how to access it in France.

Many are also looking forward to the half time show, where Rihanna is scheduled to headline alongside the French DJ: DJ Snake.

The game will take place on Sunday, February 12th at 6:30PM EST – or 12:30am on Monday 13th French time.

How can I watch it on French TV?

You can watch the game for free on the French TV channel L’Equipe. Last year, the channel saw at least 421,000 people tune in to watch the Super Bowl from France.

It will also be broadcast on the paid channel BeIN Sports, as it is every year. You can also sign up for a Canal+ Sports package which will allow you to watch the Super Bowl and plenty of other sports-related content. 

Depending on your telecom provider, BeIN Sports might cost around €15 per month. The Bouygues TV package charges €14.99/month for all the BeIN Sport channels.

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Can I stream the game?

If you have access to a VPN, you may be able to access streaming platforms like Hulu + Live TV, ESPN+, and YouTube TV.

Keep in mind that you will still need to have accounts with these platforms in order to log onto them, however.

What about bars and events?

If you are in the Paris area and looking to celebrate with other American football fans, several bars have organised events surrounding the Super Bowl. 

The Hard Rock Cafe will host a Super Bowl event beginning at 10:30pm where the game will be broadcast live and the restaurant will offer a large “Tailgate” menu of all the traditional Super Bowl snacks and foods (including wings and nachos). You can find more information here.

The Grand Rex will also host an “official NFL party” on Sunday night. The Parisian cinema will open its doors at 10:30pm, beginning the night with quizzes and activities ahead of the kickoff.

You might also consider trying the interactive map on the website Fanzo.com to find other bars hosting Super Bowl events.

To find other events, you can search on Facebook. Irish, Scottish and British sports bars with large televisions may be a good bet for finding a Super Bowl related event, as well.

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