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10-06-2003
Paris 2012 settles into its offices

Paris 2012, formed to campaign for the French capital's bid for the 2012 Olympic Games and Paralympics, has officially moved into its offices in Place d'Iéna, in Paris's 16th arrondissement. And the new office installations won the approval of Mayor of Paris Bertrand Delanoë and Sports Minister Jean-François Lamour during their visit on October 6th.

 
The Mayor of the French capital, GIP President, and Sports Minister were welcomed by Paris 2012 CEO Philippe Baudillon. As they toured the offices, Bertrand Delanoë remarked upon the absence of ostentatious luxury furnishings and pointed out that this illustrated their frame of mind in their bid for the 2012 Games. The rent for the premises covering 715 sq.m. amounts to a total of 1.250 million euros: half the cost of the premises for Paris's bid for 2008.
 
Clearly pleased by the setting provided by the offices, Sports Minister Jean-François Lamour looked forward to the future of the bid. "We are starting out on a solid basis, provided by the Paris 2008 bid," he emphasised. "But we have to improve upon it."

The visit was also attended by Jean-Paul Huchon, President of Ile-de-France Regional Council, Marie-Claire Restoux, Technical Advisor on sport to the French President's Office, Henri Serandour, President of the French National Olympic Committee (CNOSF), and Guy Drut, French member of the International Olympic Committee.
 
The offices will accommodate about 30 people until July 2005 for the campaign to host the 30th Olympic Games in Paris.
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