Horse racing in France set to return NEXT MONTH behind closed doors after ‘positive’ meeting with the French government
- The ruling body of horse racing in France have met with members of government
- Racing in the country has been suspended since March 17 due to coronavirus
- There are hopes horse racing could return next month behind closed doors
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Encouraging signs that racing could return in France next month with the France Galop, the sport’s ruling body, reporting a ‘positive and constructive meeting’ with French authorities on Tuesday.
Racing has been suspended in France since March 17 with hopes the action could resume next month behind closed doors.
France Galop president Edouard de Rothschild consulted with members of the French Government with the parties giving themselves 48 hours to come up with an agreement on how racing will deal with the impact of the pandemic.
Horse racing in France has been suspended since March 17 but could return next month
A France Galop statement said: ‘This morning, Edouard de Rothschild, Jean Pierre Barjon, Bertrand Meheut and Cyril Linette had a meeting with Gerald Darmanin, the Minister of Public Action and Accounts and Didier Guillaume, the Minster of Agriculture.
‘Eric Woerth, deputy of the Oise region and chairman of the Finance Committee in the National Assembly, as well as Philippe Augier, the mayor of Deauville, were also present.
France Galop president Edouard de Rothschild had a ‘positive’ meeting with the government
‘It was a positive and constructive meeting. Representatives of the public authorities and of the industry have given themselves 48 hours to lay down the terms of an agreement, which will allow the horse racing industry to deal with and overcome the impact of the current health crisis.’
De Rothschild also tweeted after the meeting that hopes of a resumption next month were still alive.
He said: ‘After meeting Ministers Darmanin and Guillaume I am not pessimistic about the resumption of the closed-door races on May 11. To be continued.’