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Both Germany’s And France’s Presidents Are Now Skipping The Sochi Olympics

olympicsThe 2014 Winter Olympics are far from the hottest tickets in town. In fact, they’re getting quite the international cold shoulder. Two world leaders are planning to abstain from the event in Sochi, Russia come February, while the U.S.’s involvement remains up in the air.

Last week German President Joachim Gauck announced he would not be attending the Sochi Olympics, which many interpreted as a silent stand against Russia’s oppressive anti-gay laws. While Gauck did attend the 2012 Summer and Paralympics in London, his office denies that this is a form of boycott.

“Just because somebody doesn’t travel somewhere doesn’t make it a boycott,” general secretary of German Olympic Sports Federation Michael Vesper told DW. “As far as we know, there was never a plan for Mr. Gauck to visit Sochi.”

Over the weekend, France’s President, Francoise Hollande, also announced he had RSVP’d no to Vladimir Putin’s luge party. “There are no plans to attend,” Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius told Europe 1 radio (via BuzzFeed). “Top French officials have no plans to be there.”

Hollande, the driving force behind France’s marriage equality law passed earlier this year, is a proponent of LGBT rights and his absence from the Games can certainly be seen as a protest. What remains to be seen is where the U.S. falls on this issue.

The Summer Olympics were attended by a record number of world leaders, including Fierce Lady Michelle Obama. Of course, the Summer Olympics are a lot more fun — and feature a lot more skin, which is incentive for anyone. However, considering that the Winter Olympics are two months away and the White House says there are no plans for a trip there, sounds like MObama won’t be traipsing through the Sochi snow in faux fur Michael Kors.

    • SammyStone

      The story is that Hollande isn’t going to “compete” in the Sochi Olympics, if you look at what French Foreign Minister actually said. Hollande is a celebrated figure skater, so this translation is more accurate. http://dandygoat.com/french-president-says-he-wont-compete-in-sochi-olympics

      Dec 16, 2013 at 7:31 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • MikeE

      @SammyStone: groan

      Dec 16, 2013 at 7:37 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • SpunkyBunks

      I hope all the sponsors to this hate fest are prepared for all the hate that’s going to come their way.


      Dec 16, 2013 at 7:58 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • ouragannyc

      that’s François, not Francoise/Françoise.
      (e) at the end of a first name is usually for the name of women.

      Dec 16, 2013 at 8:05 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • AuntieChrist

      It would be refreshing to see notable people actually taking a stand on this, but the only way to really make an impression is to kick them in their financial balls…It would be the only thing theses mercenary bitches understand.

      Dec 16, 2013 at 8:24 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • MikeE

      @ouragannyc: Honestly, it’s a lost cause. If Queerty can’t even spell the word “intact” properly (for some odd reason, they continue to insist on writing it as two words! “in tact”), how do you expect them to get a foreign name correct, even less one with accents?

      Dec 16, 2013 at 9:02 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Cam

      “”“Just because somebody doesn’t travel somewhere doesn’t make it a boycott,” general secretary of German Olympic Sports Federation Michael Vesper told DW. “As far as we know, there was never a plan for Mr. Gauck to visit Sochi.”

      “As far as we know”.

      Yeah, nice way to cover up the fact that the Olympics just got snubbed.

      Keep up the pressure folks, starting to get results.

      Dec 16, 2013 at 9:40 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • tom-ba

      President Obama, if the US cannot lead on this issue, at least follow the lead of the Presidents of Germany and France!

      Do not attend the Sochi Olympics.

      Dec 16, 2013 at 11:26 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Callum

      @ouragannyc: Reminds me of this…

      Dec 16, 2013 at 8:07 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
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    • GMB

      President Obama didn’t attend the Vancouver 2010 games or the London 2012 games, so it’s highly unlikely that he’d attend the Sochi 2014 games.

      The US *did*, however, send VP and Dr. Jill Biden to Vancouver, and Michelle accompanied the US delegation in London.

      We’re still pretty pissed off about Russia’s amnesty for Edward Snowden, and I imagine if we sent no high-ranking officials, the standard media line would presume that it was a retaliation for the Snowden treatment, not the anti-gay treatment…

      … unless the President decided to specifically address it. And considering his ballsiness lately on LGBT issues, I wouldn’t be surprised if he did. Obama could very well be the first President to not only attend, but publicly defend LGBT citizens.

      And THAT would be amazing.

      Dec 17, 2013 at 4:25 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·

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