"I ask you to commit to the Games. Paris needs you – Paris is counting on you in this great adventure". Those were
the words of Bertrand Delanoë, Mayor of Paris and President of the Bid Committee,
who invited all of France’s entrepreneurs to help press the bid forward.
Citing a recent Boston Consulting Group study, the three speakers stated that the Bid could generate as much as EUR 6 billion
in investments between 2005 and 2012, with an additional EUR 5 billion in resulting
economic activity from 2012, for a total of 42 000 jobs created.
Bertrand Delanoë reiterated one of the major concepts that distinguishes Paris 2012’s Bid: "There will be no waste or excess". "Capital
investments will be lower" than those of the Athens Games, added Jean-François Lamour, Minister of Sports, who emphasised that Paris already has many of the infrastructures
it will need.
Any company that wishes to join in with the Paris 2012 Bid may do so by becoming a member of the Corporate Club.
Led by Arnaud Lagardère since its inception several months ago, it resulted from
the joint impetus of some of France’s most prominent companies: Accord, Bouygues,
Carrefour, Crédit Agricole, EDF, France Télécom, Lagardère, RATP, Renault, Suez