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Tuesday, 07/23/2013, 12:03 pm

Bill To Legalize MMA In France Fails To Pass


As if certain Americans needed another reason to thumb their nose at the French.

ESPN.co.uk reported on Monday that the French Sports ministry has confirmed the ban on mixed martial arts will remain, blocking chances that the UFC or any organization could make its way toward Gay Paree.

The French ministry reconfirmed its stand. “The policy … has not changed and remains clear. The practice of MMA is not allowed and its events/shows are not permitted.”

Carole Bretteville, the president of the Women’s Committee for Federation Francaise du Sport d’Entreprise, was “appalled” at the notion of the UFC trying to make inroads to France.

“France works very hard to promote equality in all aspects of life, especially in sports,” she said. “I was appalled to find out how UFC was lobbying in France, especially when [told] how UFC has tolerated derogatory statements and attitudes against women. We cannot allow such an organisation to destroy all the work we have done to promote equality through French sports.”

In 2012, the UFC’s Lorenzo Fertitta called France a “massive opportunity” and showing outstanding cultural stereotyping added he was “encouraged that you’ll be eating croissants watching the UFC pretty soon.”

The UFC has been successful in branching out to new countries like China, India, and Russia.

Is not having MMA in France a real issue? Or will it just be a matter of time before the Frenchies jump on board?

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