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Marseilles Gearing Up for 2012

Jean-Claude Gaudin, Mayor of the Phocean town, welcomed his Parisian counterpart and President of Paris 2012, Bertrand Delanoë. Marseilles took the opportunity to confirm its commitment and support for the Bid to host the 2012 Games.
B. Delanoë and J.C. Gaudin - © AFP
Paris and Marseilles united for the 2012 Games. (© AFP)
- Velodrome stadium,
Paris 2012's venue

- La Rochelle,
Paris 2012's venue

In travelling to Marseilles, Bertrand Delanoë’s message was precise and determinated: “I am here to tell the people of Marseilles: we need you! This Bid belongs to all of France, and Marseilles makes Marseilles represents a huge asset for Paris 2012.”
Jean-Claude Gaudin reinforced this enthusiasm when claiming: “This Bid is a fantastic challenge and Marseilles could not let Paris take it up alone […]. The Velodrome Stadium will be ready to come ablaze!”. If Paris is selected Host City on 6 July 2005, Marseilles will host the Football events in its mythical stadium.
The City of Marseilles, partnered by its football club, Olympique de Marseilles, has devised an operation to rally the population, with, in the coming weeks:
- A billboard campaign with for slogan “Marseilles/Paris 2012: The Games to Descend on Velodrome Stadium”,
- At the Premier League match between OM and Bastia, the kick-off will feature Olympic medallists just back from Athens and past Olympic Champions from Marseilles, on 2 September,
- Pre-match banners featuring the Bid, produced by Marseilles supporters.
This visit to Marseilles is one in a series of trips that the Committee will carry out to cities part of Paris 2012’s Bid project. Next on schedule: La Rochelle, on 16 July, when participants in the Tour de France Sailing Competition will close in on the city. The Ile-de-France Region’s boat, which is taking part in the competition, will be dressed in Paris 2012’s colours.
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