The Executive Board of the International Olympic Committee today announced that
Paris would be amongst the Candidate Cities to host the Olympic and Paralympic
Games in 2012.
This is the third time that Paris has been an official Candidate City to host
the Games. “We are very pleased to have been given the chance to demonstrate our love of
the Games once again.” declared Philippe Baudillon, Chief Executive Officer of Paris 2012. “Our experience with the previous bids has taught us a great deal about the needs
and aspirations of the IOC and the wider Olympic family. We firmly believe that
Paris will meet those needs. This experience, combined with our expertise in hosting
international sporting events such as the 1998 FIFA World Cup and the 2003 IAAF
World Championships, makes Paris a strong potential partner for the IOC.”
This selection marks a new phase in the Paris 2012 Bid. A national PR and advertising
campaign, designed to rally France behind the bid, kicks off next week. On 24
May the Eiffel Tower will be draped in the colours of Paris 2012 and the new campaign
“based on the theme L’Amour des Jeux” will be launched. It will feature on the revamped website www.parisjo2012.fr.
“The campaign reflects Paris 2012’s commitment to honouring Olympic values and the French people’s innate
enthusiasm for sport in general and the Olympics in particular”, Mr. Baudillon added. “Holding the Games in Paris will inject tremendous energy and modernity into the country. Nationwide, support
is already extensive, but we hope to encourage everyone in France to unite behind our offer.”
This selection marked a key stage in the Bid Process that will conclude in Singapore
on 6 July 2005 with all IOC members voting to elect the Host City for the Olympic
and Paralympic Games in 2012.