There were numerous assistants at the Paris 2012 candidature file press conference,
organised in the grand rooms of the Hotel de Ville. The journalists, from all
corners of the world, listened intently particularly to Bertrand Delanoe and Philippe
Baudillon, respectively President and CEO of Paris 2012.
Bertrand Delanoe who opened the press conference a little after 11.30am, November 17, 2004 said Paris "needs the Games", whilst specifying "together
we want these Games to be the popular, united, ecological and ethical Games".
For Bertrand Delanoe, the Games will be "a strong trigger of urban regeneration and equality linking the communities". It underlined, at the same time, the
ecological ambition of the candidature file, in particular "the first Games to
generate zero net greenhouse gas emissions".
"It will be the Games for France" added Jean-François Lamour. The Minister of Sport was also present alongside the other founding members
of the Paris 2012 Bid Committee, notably Jean-Paul Huchon, President of the Ile
de France Region, and Henri Sérandour, President of the French National Olympic
Arnaud Lagardère, President of the Paris 2012 Corporate Club, added how 42,000
permanent new jobs will be created should Paris be chosen to host the 2012 Games.
Philippe Baudillon then presented in detail the Concept of Paris 2012: One Village, Two Clusters. Following a series of media interviews at the Hotel
de Ville, the CEO of Paris 2012 responded to numerous questions in a online Chat
with journalists from all over the world.
On top of the online Chat, the press conference in the Hotel de Ville was translated simultaneously in English,
Spanish, Italian, Chinese and Japanese. In parallel, other conferences were organised
in 14 different French Embassies world wide.