FFR 'faces €16m' claim over scrapped stadium project
Ibelys Group, the construction company, is set to demand €16 million ($18.9 million) in damages from the FFR, 12 months after the French rugby union federation scrapped plans to build a new national stadium near Paris, according to reports.
A plan to build the 82,000-seat stadium was first made public in 2009, but the construction contract with Ibelys was only signed off in June 2016. However, six months later, when Bernard Laporte defeated incumbent Pierre Camou in the FFR presidential election, the planned Grand Stade project was promptly scrapped.
During his election campaign, Laporte was particularly critical of the stadium project and specifically Camou's role in the process, claiming there had been a "total lack of transparency from the beginning" and that building the stadium "may have been the biggest fiasco of French rugby."
Ibelys is set to take the case to the Tribunal de Grand Instance, according to L'Equipe.
The €581-million Grand Stade was originally intended to open in 2017, later delayed to 2022.
The French national rugby team presently plays its home international matches at Paris’ Stade de France.