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Carrefour Steps Up

Europe’s leading retail distributor has officially entered Paris 2012’s Corporate Club. In so doing, it becomes the Bid’s 11th partner.
Carrefour - © AFP
The French retailer is located in 29 countries. (© AFP)
The French retailer will be a compelling ally in the Olympic adventure. With operations in 29 countries and a turnover of EUR 86 billion (87% of which is carried out in Europe), it ranks second in the world amongst retail distributors.
As part of Paris 2012’s Corporate Club, Carrefour will join 10 other players of international dimension: Accor, Bouygues, Crédit Agricole, EDF, France Télécom, Lagardère, RATP, Renault, Suez and VediorBis.
Daniel Bernard, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Carrefour, explained his desire to step up and join Paris: "The Olympic Flame stirs the spirit of competition and teamwork in all of us. So it was natural that Carrefour should support the bid that France and Paris are making to fulfil their Olympic aspirations".
Arnaud Lagardère, President of the Corporate Club, is delighted with this newcomer: "We now have 11 of the largest French companies making not only a financial contribution that will amount to over EUR 15 million, but most importantly bringing their technical and technological expertise to the Bid book". The next planned goal: "to rally France’s SMEs so they can express, by our side, their determination to win".
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