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FIFA President Gianni Infantino delivers a speech during the 48th ordinary UEFA congress, at the Maison de la Mutualité in Paris, February 8, 2024.

The International Automobile Federation (FIA), whose headquarters is in Paris, and the International Federation of Association Football (FIFA), which deliberate to put in it there, are contemplating leaving France. “The authorized and tax system doesn’t appear to be tailored to [nos] actions “they estimated after a meeting on Tuesday April 23.

“Although France is the cradle of motorsport, international competition, particularly in terms of labor costs, and the globalization of sport, are weakening this position”explains Xavier Malenfer, director of institutional and international relations at the FIA, in a joint press release with FIFA. “Without clarification, through the recognition of a specific status for international sports federations, there is little hope of seeing the activities of the FIA ​​develop further, despite all the incontestable assets of Paris”he continues.

At the end of 2023, the French executive attempted to pass into the 2024 budget a law containing tax provisions intended to attract international sports federations recognized by the International Olympic Committee to France, primarily that of football. Since June 2021, FIFA, created in Paris in 1904 and headquartered in Zurich, Switzerland, has had a Paris branch. This is responsible for relations with the federations and technical cooperation in favor of the development of football. The French capital also houses a clearing house responsible in particular for solidarity mechanisms. A first step before moving its entire headquarters to France.

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Request for greater clarity and visibility

However, in December 2023, the Constitutional Council censored this advantageous tax regime, invoking equality before taxes and thus calling into question the installation of these federations.

“The major obstacle identified to this French attractiveness: the absence of their own legal status for international federations. Under French law, they have the status of associations, and cannot be considered either as international organizations or as companies. Which has concrete consequences on their activities, their taxation, and, ultimately, on their interest in being in France”explain FIFA, the FIA ​​and the IFAF, the international federation of American football.

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Brought together by Sporsora, which brings together sports stakeholders, during a conference devoted to the status of international federations, they are demanding greater clarity and visibility from France. “as to the legal, social and tax regime which would be applicable to them”. “International sports federations do not ask for extraordinary privileges, or to be treated better than other types of organizations, but not worse either”concludes Kenny Jean-Marie, who heads the Paris branch of FIFA.

The World with AFP

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