The Rugby World Cup opening ceremony at the Stade de France in Paris witnessed mixed emotions as French President Emmanuel Macron took the stage. While many applauded, chanting “Allez Les Bleus”, an obvious section of the audience booed the leader, possibly reflecting public sentiment against some of his recent controversial decisions, particularly pension reforms.
Despite the jeers, a composed Macron, arms crossed, applauded World Rugby chairman Bill Beaumont’s remarks. When it was the French president’s turn to address the stadium, the boos intensified to the point where his first words were almost drowned out. However, when he pronounced the start of the 10th edition of the tournament, the mood changed, with the crowd gathered in enthusiastic approval.
The ceremony itself, overseen by renowned French actor and Oscar winner Jean Dujardin, was a vibrant spectacle celebrating French culture, gastronomy and art. Attendees were treated to a dynamic display of acrobatics, a whimsical mass of costumes and a towering inflatable Eiffel Tower that graced the center of the field.
Adding to the cheer, host nation France started the tournament on a high note, securing a 29-13 win over New Zealand.
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