The president of the French Olympic Committee (CNOSF) Brigitte Henriques, elected in June 2021, resigned Thursday, May 25 from her post. A coup de theater in full general assembly, fourteen months before the 2024 Olympics in Paris, which intends to put an end to an internal crisis which has lasted for more than a year and a half.
Internal conflicts and rivalries got Brigitte Henriques right. This former vice-president of the French Football Federation (FFF) had been at open war for months with her predecessor Denis Masseglia. The secretary general of the body Astrid Guyart will act as interim until the election of a new president “in the next three months”, specifies the press release from the Cnosf.
“The situation was no longer tenable, she made the right choice,” reacted a federation president present at the time of the announcement of this resignation during a highly anticipated general meeting. The French Olympic Committee must “come together and bounce back” after the resignation of its president, for her part declared the Minister of Sports, Amélie Oudéa-Castéra.
For more than a year and a half, the Cnosf has been going through an unprecedented crisis, between threats of complaints, low blows and revelations of email exchanges in the press. This climate has become even heavier in recent days with the announcement by Denis Masseglia of an upcoming complaint to the National Financial Prosecutor’s Office (PNF) for breach of trust targeting the term of office of Brigitte Henriques.
The eviction in September 2022 of Henriques’ former right-hand man, Didier Seminet, triggered a deep crisis from which the institution has never recovered. The proximity to the Paris Olympics, in fourteen months, and this endless crisis, worried many players in French sport. “This resignation is a way of settling the crisis, and it’s quite noble,” reacted another federation president.