Link in French : Maracineanu veut réglementer le MMA et autoriser la compétition en France French Minister of sports Roxana Maracineanu (former world champ and Olympic silver in backstroke) finally considers legalizing MMA competition in France, I don't think we have ever been this close to success. Traditionally, the almighty judo and karaté federations have fought against it, fearing to lose young adults to MMA. In France, judo is the fourth most played sport, tons of kids do it. She asks for the MMA federation to depend on a bigger federation, for the competition to only happen in a ring and not in cage, and to have more supervision over the courses. She also mentions how combat sports are sometimes used to recruit future jihadists among young ghetto men, so legalisation could also be a way to get the state to monitor that more closely. Both Macron and the Prime Minister (Edouard Philippe) are into boxing and combat sports, so I thought it could be a good opportunity. Philippe used to be the mayor of Le Havre, Le Banner's hometown, and they did some pictures together before he became PM. Now is the best time to finally get all of this sorted.