The International Olympic Committee on Thursday invited the French Olympic and sports movement to "focus" on the 2024 Paris Olympics, a few hours after the resignation of the president of the French Olympic and Sports Committee (CNOSF) Brigitte Henriques. With an unusually direct tone since the beginning of this crisis a year and a half ago, the Olympic body "calls on the responsibility of everyone so that the internal conflicts that have affected the CNOSF in recent months stop," a spokesman told AFP.

At the opening of the CNOSF General Assembly, Brigitte Henriques announced her decision to hand over her mandate as President of the French National Olympic and Sports Committee.

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The IOC invites "the entire French Olympic and sports movement" to focus "fully" on the success of the Paris Games, even if the CNOSF plays only a minor role in their preparation. The conflicts and internal rivalries finally got the better Thursday of the former vice-president of the French Football Federation (FFF), 51, in open war for months with his predecessor Denis Masseglia, and who faced a core of opponents.

The secretary general of the body Astrid Guyart will now ensure the interim until the election of a new president "in the next three months," said a statement from the CNOSF. Sports Minister Amélie Oudéa-Castera called for "an ethical and democratic leap" from the Committee, "while focusing its teams and all stakeholders on the preparation and proper delivery of the Games, which are our primary objective".

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