Thanks for feeding the debate, Lucas
It wouldnt be such a dramatic problem indeed if those "adventurers" were not filmed. The idea it promotes is that it s ok to go full speed on tracks of third world countries, rushing throuh villages and occasionally stealing lives (9 children killed), as long as you can pay for it. A predatory vision of relations with other poorer countries. The Dakar crosses the poorest regions of Argentina and Chile, how does it benefit local populations? How difficult would it be to bring french humanitarian organizations with the caravan, since all the infrastructure is already there?
In France, the debate has been going for years, since the Dakar makes many people uneasy, for it doesnt promote a positive image of our country.
I watched last years broadcasts in France, expecting to see the atmosphere and the incredible beauty of the argentine far west. This could have indeed been an argument in favor of this event in Argentina. Unfortunatly... the images didnt concentrate on those landscapes, just on cars, motorcycles, dust clouds, noise. The names of the villages crossed were not given.
This is to be compared with the Tour de France, highly criticized too for the "chemicals" used. Everyday, the organisers promote tourism in France, with an half an hour broadcast about the region, beautiful videos, display of local products. Not such a thing in the Dakar, this is not their mission.