But President Chirac paid particular attention to the most important aspect of
the candidature, "the mobilisation of the entire country". "I know that French
men and women are ready to offer the Games their passion for sport", he added.
He is also proud of "the combined efforts of the State, the Ile-de-France Region,
the City of Paris and the French sporting movement" as well as the strong support
of the major French companies.
President Chirac also praised the French athletes who will return from the Athens
2004 Paralympics on the 29th of September, underlining "the magnificent achievements
of the French team", he announced that he will be "happy to welcome the Paralympians
[at the Elysèe Palace] before the end of October".
Following the Légion d'Honneur ceremony at the Elysée Palace, the Olympic medallists
were taken to the Town Hall for a reception in the presence of Bertrand Delanoë,
Mayor of Paris and President of Paris 2012.
The celebrations will conclude with an evening ceremony by the French National
Olympic Committee, hosted by Henri Sérandour, president of the French NOC.