It was feared, it happened. Emmanuel Macron was heavily whistled at the start of his speech before the start of France – New Zealand. The President of the Republic delivered a speech on the lawn of the Stade de France, after the opening ceremony, alongside Bill Beaumont, President of World Rugby. The Head of State was received by a bronca of several seconds, which covered part of his remarks. Then followed “Allez les Bleus” thus limiting the understanding of Emmanuel Macron’s words. The latter, however, received a standing ovation after declaring the 2023 Rugby World Cup open.