Roselyne Bachelot, the former French Sports Minister convicted of having accused the Spanish tennis player Rafael Nadal in 2016 of doping, will be the new Minister of Culture of the Government of Emmanuel Macron.

07/06/2020 at 21:07 CEST


Bachelot, who between 2007 and 2010 was the head of Sports under President Nicolas Sarkozy, was sentenced to pay 10,000 euros to Nadal, after the twelve-time winner of Roland Garros filed a complaint against her.

In March 2016, on a television show, Bachelot was asked about the positive of the Russian Maria Sharapova and accused the tennis world of not being transparent in the fight against doping, while she was convinced that Nadal doping.

“They don’t reveal the positive controls. We just found out, curiously, that a player has an injury that keeps him out of the courts for months. We know more or less that Rafael Nadal’s famous injury that kept him seven months without competition (between 2012 and 2013) was surely due to a positive control“said the new French Minister of Culture.

Those words, which created a great scandal in the country, earned him a conviction in the Correctional Court a year later. Nadal, who at that time had ten Roland Garros titles in his showcases, assured that he felt “tired“due to the suspicions of doping launched against him in France and he decided to go to court. Once the sentence was handed down, the tennis player assured that he would dedicate the money to social purposes.

Bachelot has a long ministerial career. With Jacques Chirac she dealt with Ecology between 2002 and 2004, and with Sarkozy she held the portfolios of Health and Sports between 2007 and 2010, when she became Minister of Solidarity and Cohesion of the Territory until the end of her term in 2012.

Since then, far from the front line, although very present on television sets, it has once again integrated a Government to deal with the Culture portfolio, while the responsibilities of Sports will remain in the hands of the former swimmer. Roxana Maracineanu.