The French Football Federation (FFF) plans to cut around twenty positions soon as part of a social plan, according to information from Le Monde which has been confirmed by AFP. This job protection plan project (PSE) was presented this Monday morning by management to staff representatives, said a source familiar with the matter. The daily mentions the expected savings of two million euros and specifies that the precise modalities of this PSE remain to be defined.
This plan is supported by the Director General Florence Hardouin and François Rajaud, the Director of Transitional Human Resources, appointed after the departure at the end of March of the former Director in office, Pierre-Arnaud Custody. According to one of the sources, the fifteen directors of the FFF were consulted before this communication to the social and economic committee (CSE) of the FFF. According to Le Monde, the social plan concerns 26 positions, out of the 330 or so that the FFF has, whose head office is located on Boulevard de Grenelle, in the 15th arrondissement of Paris.
In mid-March, the FFF had deplored 30 million euros in less revenue over the 2019-2020 season compared to the previous year, losses linked to the Covid-19 pandemic (ticketing, TV rights, etc.) . At the beginning of May a provisional figure of 5.7 million euros of deficit had been put forward, during an executive committee, according to a source close to the “Comex”. According to the same source, the president of the FFF Noël Le Graët, reelected in March, had mentioned the draft social plan during this executive committee in early May, arguing the economic difficulties of the FFF after the cessation of activities linked to the Covid -19. Another executive committee is scheduled for Thursday within the FFF, at the heart of a week marked by the announcement on Tuesday of the list of the coach of French world champions, Didier Deschamps, for the Euro (June 11-July 11 ).