French President Macron defends possible trip to Qatar for World Cup

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French President Emmanuel Macron has defended himself against criticism of his possible visit to Qatar for the World Cup if the France team reaches the semi-finals or final. “I don’t think you have to politicize sport,” Macron said on Thursday during a trip to Bangkok. “You have to ask these questions when you award the competitions,” Macron said, referring to climate or human rights issues at World Cups and Olympic Games. “They should not be asked every time the event is happening, but the moment you award it.” Qatar has long been criticized for alleged human rights abuses. The World Cup was …

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