FIFA is expected to formalize the transfer of part of its headquarters from Zurich to Paris on June 10, 2021. This is the Hôtel de la Marine, opposite Place de la Concorde, which Emmanuel Macron will open on Thursday morning after long renovations, and which will soon welcome around 100 FIFA staff. This step will have a great relationship with Africa.
It is a homecoming that is looming with part of FIFA moving to Paris. Founded in Zurich, Switzerland, since 1935, FIFA will return, at least in part, to its hometown, having been founded in Paris in 1904, just a few hundred meters from Place de la Concorde.
In the context of FIFA, these are mainly practical reasons. The French capital will bring the parent company of football closer to African confederations.
At a time when, under the leadership of Gianni Infantino, the links between FIFA and CAF, the African Football Confederation, are increasingly close, this Parisian branch will greatly facilitate exchanges, thanks to the numerous air links with the ‘Africa. A much larger number anyway than Zurich.
This return to Paris also responds to a common desire of Gianni Infantino and Emmanuel Macron to defend the Francophonie within FIFA.