Amélie Oudéa-Castéra: The Power of Caste in French Tennis Federation
Amélie Oudéa-Castéra is currently making headlines due to her emoluments as the general director of the French Tennis Federation. This matter may seem superficial and anecdotal, but understanding her background sheds light on the true power dynamics at play. Coming from a privileged family, with her husband being a former director of Société Générale and now heading Sanofi, Amélie Castéra exemplifies the elite class. Interestingly, she belongs to the same promotion as Emmanuel Macron, further highlighting who truly holds power in the centrist political landscape.
Unveiling the Power of Amélie Oudéa-Castéra
Amélie Oudéa-Castéra may not be the most prominent minister, but as the Minister of Sports, her visibility will significantly increase next year with the upcoming Olympic Games. However, it is essential to understand her background as she perfectly embodies the privileged caste that wields power in France.
When questioned by a rebellious MP about her €500,000 annual salary as the head of the French Tennis Federation (a position she held before becoming a minister), Amélie Castéra nonchalantly explained that she had accepted a significant pay cut, losing two-thirds of her previous salary. Prior to her role in the federation, she served as the commercial director of the Carrefour group, earning around €1.5 million per year.
These figures, however, do not entirely align with the data submitted to the High Authority for Transparency in Public Life, which we present here. In 2020, Amélie Oudéa received nearly €600,000 in salary and received almost €700,000 in group shares.
While these details may be intriguing, they also shed light on the remuneration of top executives in CAC 40 companies.
Yet, beyond the anecdotal aspect, it becomes evident how being born into the macronie elite holds immense significance. Amélie Castéra is the daughter of a former director of Publicis, the communications agency owned by the influential Badinter family, known for their support of Macron. She is also the niece of the renowned journalist Alain Duhamel. Having studied at ENA in the same promotion as Emmanuel Macron and being the wife of the general director of Société Générale, Amélie perfectly embodies the perpetuation of social hierarchy in France. It is worth mentioning that her managerial position at Carrefour allowed her to interact with Alexandre Bompard, whose wife, Charlotte Caubel, is also involved in the government.
The world of macronia is undeniably small.
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