"This is a great surprise," commented Jean-François Lamour, French Minister for Youth, Sports and Associations.
“This is an additional proof for the IOC of our mobilization and determination.
The more opportunities we have to explain our Amour des Jeux and our vision for
the Games, the more support the Bid receives, both within France and across the
world,” Minister Lamour said.
The support of CONFEJES is a tremendous boost for the Paris 2012 Bid, as the Conference has never expressed
such unanimous support for a city's bid. This initiative was taken by the Minister
for Sports of Mauritania, Mr. Ahmedou Ould Ahmadou.
The CONFEJES, by the way of its new Secretary General, the Mauritanian Youssouf Fall, explained
its support by highlighting the "French know-how” in regards to organization,
as well as the excellent quality of the Parisian infrastructures. He also expressed
his wish to see “a world celebration for French-speaking youth in Paris in 2012”.