France has just been named the host country for the 2023 World Cup, a source of great pride for all of us. We still remember the excitement, the emotion, the sense of sharing, and the economic and media success of the 2007 World Cup held in France.
This victory rewards a collective effort by the rugby family, local and national government, the economic community, and the very many French citizens who became involved. The minister and the Ministry of Europe and Foreign Affairs worked hard to achieve this success.
Aired in 207 countries, the Rugby World Cup attracts 2.6 billion television viewers and more than 2.4 million fans to games. It also draws more than 450,000 foreign visitors. It will be held in France from September 15 to November 4, 2023, in 10 cities (Bordeaux, Lille Métropole, Lyon, Marseille, Nantes, Nice, Paris, Saint-Denis, Saint-Etienne and Toulouse). Its economic impact has been estimated as follows: spending by tourists and organizational costs will have a direct impact of €1.1 billion, in addition to other indirect economic impacts.