JO Paris 2024: why the mascots of the Olympic Games are not 100% made in France?

By Graziella L. Photos by Cécile D. Published on November 20, 2022 at 12:41

The Paris 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games mascots have been revealed to the public and they are red Phrygian caps! But their origin of production is debated, because they will come from China and not from France.

The Paris 2024 Olympic Games getting closer ! And to mark a new stage, the Committee unveiled the mascots of the competition,Phryges“, in the form of red Phrygian caps, with two legs and big eyes! origin who asked. Indeed, it was revealed that the majority of production will take place in China, and not in France. But why the 100% made in France is it not possible for these mascots?

These are close to 2 million stuffed animals and other goodies that will be produced in China. Only a small part 20%was awarded to two French companies: Gipsy and Doudou & Companyto encourage the relocation businesses in the country. The newspaper West France indicates that 200,000 mascots will be manufactured in the Guerche-de-Bretagne factory, which has been enlarged for this purpose. In any case, the raw materials and the preparation of the spare parts will take place in China, but the upholstery, assembly and sewing will be made in France, concerning these 20% of mascots.

At present, the country is not yet able to produce the requested volume of mascots, too bad for the French know-how. Christophe Béchu, Minister for the Ecological Transition, believes that it is a “problem“and would like”correct the topic“, while for the Minister Delegate in charge of Industry, Roland Lescur, “it’s still better than nothing“. This is also explained by the small size of the mascots, which makes them more difficult to manufacture, and which requires more work time. Without forgetting the cost difference between stuffed animals made in France, at 49.90 euros, against 34.90 euros for the Chinese version.

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