One was needed, and it will be without surprise him. The federal office of the French rugby federation (FFR), meeting on Wednesday evening, agreed to appoint within it as interim president of the body the treasurer Alexandre Martinez. information revealed by South Westwhich we are able to confirm, which was anticipated on Friday morning and the resignation of Bernard Laporte.
It remains for the FFR steering committee to validate his arrival in this position, but no suspense surrounds the decision which will be taken on this subject on Friday. The “codir” is indeed only composed of members of the federal office and other representatives of the pro-Laporte majority elected in 2020. On Friday, the elected representatives of the opposition and the two members of the National Rugby League present on the committee director resigned to protest against the refusal of this “codir” to resign to provoke a new general election.
Other candidates in June?
After the rejection of the clubs by referendum of the appointment of Patrick Buisson as delegate president on Thursday, Bernard Laporte was forced to leave his functions. In the absence of resignation of the rest of the steering committee, the statutes provide for the appointment of an interim president until the next general meeting, scheduled for the end of June in Lille. Alexandre Martinez will be able to present himself, as well as other current members of the steering committee or newly elected on this occasion, but the pro-Laporte majority has announced its decision to go until the end of the mandate in 2024.
Aged 70, the discreet Alexandre Martinez will therefore be the number one in the FFR during this Six Nations Tournament, which the XV of France begins on Sunday in Italy. Elected on Bernard Laporte’s list in 2016, the treasurer saw his accounts, with a surplus of more than 6 million euros, difficult to validate (52.41%) during the FFR’s general financial meeting in December.