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Calling Companies to Step Up

Bertrand Delanoë, Jean-François Lamour and Arnaud Lagardère, three of Paris 2012’s foremost representatives, have issued a call to small and medium-sized companies, asking them to take an active part in Paris’ Bid. The call came at the close of the French Business Confederation’s (MEDEF) annual summer convention, in Jouy-en-Josas (Yvelines).
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"Paris needs you", said Bertrand Delanoë to the entrepreneurs. (© AFP)
Le Club des Entreprises Paris 2012
"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 and VediorBis.
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