Open

Coming up

Don't miss

Replay


LATEST SHOWS

FRANCE IN FOCUS

France: 2014 in review

Read more

#THE 51%

South Africa: Taking a stand against child marriage

Read more

DEBATE

The Future of the Book

Read more

DEBATE

The Future of the Book (part 2)

Read more

REPORTERS

France 24’s best documentaries of 2014

Read more

THE INTERVIEW

'We have to build a new Tunisia', says the president of the Tunisian Parliament

Read more

FACE-OFF

France on alert after attacks: a case of collective hysteria?

Read more

THE INTERVIEW

'Beijing needs to revaluate its policy in the Tibetan areas', says FM of the Tibetan government-in-exile

Read more

INSIDE THE AMERICAS

Uruguay: freed Guantanamo detainees try to adjust to normal life

Read more

Sports

Mega-rich PSG blasted for ‘pathetic’ intern salary offer

Text by FRANCE 24

Latest update : 2012-11-01

French club Paris St-Germain, which is bankrolled by billionaire Qatari investors, came under fire on Wednesday for offering an internship paying just 436 euros a month. The salary was labelled “pathetic” by one French pressure group.

The mega-wealthy French club Paris Saint-Germain might have no spending limits when buying players but it seems their budgets are a little tighter when it comes to paying interns.

The big spending club was accused of being stingy on Wednesday for offering a six-month, post-university internship in the PR department at a monthly salary of only 436 euros.
 
This is from a club which, since being bought out by billionaire Qatari investors in 2011, has splashed out over €200 million on players, including €23 million on star striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic in July.
 
PSG drew stern criticism from several French politicians when it emerged they were paying the Sweden international an eye-watering annual salary of around €14 million – which works out to around 2675 times as much as the intern, whose job it will be to promote him and the club.
 
Although low-paid internships are common in France, even at multi-national companies, the stark contrast between PSG’s investment in players and their interns has angered some.
 
“It’s pathetic to see a club, which is able to pay players more than one million euros per month, is not even prepared to offer the minimum wage for interns”, said Manuel Domergue, from Sauvons Les Riches (Save the Rich), an ironically named activist group which regularly stages stunts to protest against excessive wealth and poverty.
 
France’s minimum wage is set around 1,425 euros a month, or 9.4 euros per hour.
 
Sauvons Les Riches will demonstrate their contempt for the Parisian club by hosting a symbolic football match on Wednesday between the interns of PSG and their counterparts at arch rivals Marseille.
 
The match was due to take place in front of the landmark club shop on the Champs Elysées just hours before the clubs face each other in a League Cup tie across town at PSG’s Parc Des Princes.
 
At the time of publication PSG had not responded to FRANCE 24's questions over the internship proposal.
 
(FRANCE 24 with wires)

 

Date created : 2012-10-31

COMMENT(S)