Amélie Oudéa-Castéra, right, is expecting young people to be enamoured with breaking at Paris 2024 ©Hurricane Group - Urban Sports Summit

French Sports Minister Amélie Oudéa-Castéra is expecting urban sports, and in particular breaking, to spark a sporting revolution among young people at the Paris 2024 Olympic Games and has credited FISE Montpellier for its role in promoting them.

The former tennis player is relishing breaking's Olympic debut next year when it takes to the the capital's Place de la Concorde.

The organiser's placement of the sport in the heart of the city, under the gaze of the Eiffel Tower, highlights the importance placed on the discipline which has already sold all of its tickets for the Games. 

Breaking is hoped to capture the attention of the youth by the International Olympic Committee and organisers alike.

"Paris 2024 will like never before honour street sport and for the first time in the Olympics breaking is part of it," Oudéa-Castéra said at the Urban Sports Summit, which is running in parallel to the 26th year of FISE Montpellier.

"Each time I go somewhere with the President, where there is breaking it is contagious.

"Something is happening there and a movement is being triggered, which I think will also happen at the Games.

"The combo of music and sport is incredibly exciting.

"When we are all looking at our screens, when kids see breaking they all want to do it."

Breaking made its FISE Montpellier debut in 2019 which has helped the sport on its way to Olympic inclusion as it is set to appear at the Games for the first time at Paris 2024 ©FISE
Breaking made its FISE Montpellier debut in 2019 which has helped the sport on its way to Olympic inclusion as it is set to appear at the Games for the first time at Paris 2024 ©FISE

Oudéa-Castéra was full of praise for FISE Montpellier, which has established itself as the premier urban sports event since its inaugural edition in 1997, and even described founder Hervé André-Benoît as a "pioneer".

The 45-year-old cited a 2022 study from Sport Dans le Ville that found "formidable" results on the impact of FISE.

It stated that it caused four out of five people to have a good image of urban sports while 72 per cent said that these sports gave their city a good image.

Urban sports fit in with Paris 2024's active design campaign which has received a €200 million (£173 million/$216 million) investment from the French Government.

It aims to combat sedentary lifestyles by making activity more appealing with running tracks, goalposts, and playground games painted onto public spaces, for example.

It is a focus on re-appropriating public space which is also a benefit of urban sports as they can be performed in almost any area.

"I am so happy to feel it resonates with the youth," said Oudéa-Castéra.

"At the end of the day, everything with the Olympics and Paralympics is for the youth.

"They are going to live with these Games, and fostering the desire is extraordinary.

"We said that sport is what will get kids away from screens.

"Congratulations Hervé, you are a pioneer.

"I pay tribute to your audacity and your freedom, sport is first and foremost emancipation and freedom.

"What you have made possible here in Montpellier is the rise of an urban sports culture, a culture that was born out of chaotic effervescence that sometime could be looked down upon or scorned even.

"You allowed a whole culture to shine. 

"It will give youth the desire to participate

"When the national anthem is played on the Concorde no one will forget that it was born at FISE."

The FISE festival began in 1997 with 25,000 people attending but has now grown to 600,000 all while remaining free for fans.

This makes it the third biggest free event in France behind the Tour de France and the Vendée Globe sailing race.

FISE's rise has not gone unnoticed and as a result has secured support from former Montpellier Mayor Georges Frêche, who André-Benoît credits for much of the early success, the Montpellier Méditerranée Métropole, and the French state which was a crucial contributor during the COVID-19 pandemic.