Despite something of a media fanfare for the opening ceremony and a whole shed-load of free tickets, the only people at the 2009 Francophone Games seem to be either athletes, officials, soldiers or press. It seems a shame to piddle on Beirut's bonfire but one can't help but note the rows of empty seats, even when Lebanon are competing. I'm yet to cover the boxing or table-tennis or football but so far the volleyball, athletics, basketball and judo have all had fairly small crowds.
Still, it's good chance for lots of fun photography and free food. Great combo.