French President Emmanuel Macron has reinforced his commitment to the esports industry.

This comes days before he is put up for re-election as the President of France.

He spoke about the role that France plays in the technology and gaming field in an interview with French crypto website ‘The Big Whale’.

He promised a larger role in the grand scheme of the rapidly expanding industry.

Macron spoke at length about video gaming in the interview.

He called France: “one of the great video game nation recognized around the world for the richness of its art, the quality of its trainings and the dynamism of its industry.”

The President also cited his wishes for further development of the nation’s role in the field, and his hopes for France to become “THE country for video games”.

One significant claim he made was to attempt to: “establish a link between the two worlds’ Olympiads” during the 2024 Olympics.

They are scheduled to take place in Paris. Macron plans to use “historic advantage” to host esports events across a number of games in conjunction.

Whilst he mentioned a number of games which he wishes to incorporate, he expressed his desire for a French CS:GO Major.

Fans will already know that France hasn’t hosted a CS:GO Major as of yet. Sweden, Poland, Germany, the USA and the UK have shared responsibilities of holding the 18 events since 2013.

When could we see a French Major?

It was in 2019 that the nation held its first CS:GO event. That was Season Nine ‘CS:GO Pro League Finals,’ an event that took place in Montpellier.

French teams and players themselves have found themselves to be successful in the esport. Team LCLC won the DreamHack Winter Major in 2014, though they have since began to trail behind.

Team Vitality, who include prominent French players such as ZywOo and apEX, are ranked tenth by ESL in the global rankings. That falls just short of Team Liquid.

It appears unlikely that French fans will be seeing an event in-person imminently. This is the first mention of it by either Valve or French officials, who clashed back in 2018. Valve were fined 7,800,000 for their ‘geo-blocking’ practice.

This year’s first major is already lined up to be held in Antwerp, Belgium.

The second rumoured to be held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Rio was scheduled to host ‘ESL One: Rio’, before the pandemic caused it to be cancelled back in 2020.

It also appears to be reliant on Macron’s ability to beat challenger Marine Le Pen. Macron currently holds a 10% lead in the polls.

This piece was written by Billy Morrell

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