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Paris 2012: A new face on the web

Paris, designated one of the Candidate Cities by the IOC, has chosen to mark the event by putting out a new version of its Web site. The interface has undergone a complete makeover, both in terms of graphics and content. The aim? To cover all the latest news around the bid and rally as much support as possible.


Paris 2012 was waiting for the list of Candidate Cities designated by the International Olympic Committee to be unveiled, on 18 May 2004, before raising the curtain on its new Web site. Paris having been selected, along with London (UK), Madrid (Spain), Moscou (Russia), New-York (United States), its new website is now online at

“The site will be act as both the national and international showcase for the bid – our window onto the world.”
Ph. Baudillon, Chief Executive Officer of Paris 2012.

Representing the bid’s new face, it is published in French and English, the IOC’s two official languages.
“The site will be act as both the national and international showcase for the bid – our window onto the world”, explained Philippe Baudillon, Chief Executive Officer of Paris 2012.  “With interactivity as the main feature, the site will allow us to keep visitors up to date about the bid and gather support, while also keeping an ear open to what the world and the French people are expecting from Paris’ bid.  This approach summarises what we want to proffer to the Games: our know-how, love for the Games and firm belief that we can organise Games of which the Olympic Movement and the French people can be proud.” 
The site will provide up-to-date information about the bid and the Paris 2012’s Olympic Plan, and offer visitors the opportunity to sign up for a newsletter.
Used as a tool to rally national and international support behind Paris, it will give priority to interactivity. The new support messages gathered through the site will be presented on a ticker-type display, on the home page. Chats with representatives of the Bid Committee, athletes and prominent figures supporting Paris 2012 will be held, and multimedia documents will offer a clear and fun approach to various aspects of the Olympic Plan.
A special area will be devoted to the press, including a media library.
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