Paris, June 16, 2004 - Carrefour, the world’s second largest retailer, has just joined the Paris 2012
Corporate Club, the club of private partners supporting the organisation behind
the Paris Bid to host the Olympic and Paralympic Games in 2012.
The commitment of this powerful partner brings the number of French-owned major
international companies that have pledged their support for Paris 2012 to eleven.
15 million euros has already been raised as income for the Bid Committee through
the Paris 2012 Corporate Club.
Philippe Baudillon, Chief Executive Officer of Paris 2012 commented: “We are
delighted that such an international leader like Carrefour has decided to support
our Bid. The strong will and commitment of the French business community is key
to our success in the race to host the Olympic and Paralympic Games in 2012. With
11 major international companies already by our side, we are confident that we
have strong assets. Beyond their financial involvement, these 11 companies bring
their technical expertise to the Candidature File that we will deliver to the
IOC in November 2004. Our next step is to widen the network of companies supporting
our Bid, including Small and Medium sized enterprises.”
Daniel Bernard, Chief Executive Officer of Carrefour added:
“With 10,500 stores in 29 countries, our Group is part of the daily life of millions
of consumers around the world. As the leading French and second global largest
retailer, team spirit is part of our values and we take great pride in being fully
involved in such a prestigious competition. We are excited to support Paris 2012
and the Bid of the whole nation. We now look forward to sharing our love of the
Games and our Olympic dreams with the world”.
NOTE TO EDITORS ABOUT THE PARIS 2012 CORPORATE CLUB
The Paris 2012 Corporate Club is an association of leading French businesses
created on 2 March 2004 to support Paris 2012 Bid, chaired by Arnaud Lagardere.
The purpose of the group is to demonstrate that the French economic community
is motivated and fully committed to help Paris win. The Paris 2012 Corporate Club
members intend to mobilize their 720,000 employees around the world to support
the Paris Bid internationally.
The mission of the group is also to develop specific initiatives to mobilize
French companies of all sizes, from SMEs to large corporations listed on the French
Stock Exchange, and to encourage them to bring financial, technical and/or logistical
support to Paris’ Bid.
Eleven companies have already put their weight behind Paris 2012:
• Accor - the European leader in hotels and associated services;
• Bouygues - a diversified industrial group with interests in telecoms, media,
construction and public utilities;
• Carrefour - the second global largest retailer;
• Crédit Agricole - retail and corporate banking;
• EDF - electricity utility company of France, and one of Europe’s leading energy
• France Télécom - one of the largest telecommunications operators in the world;
• Lagardère - leading French media and high-technology company;
• Renault - automobile design, manufacturing and financing;
• RATP - Paris’ public transportation system;
• Suez - worldwide industrial and services group;
• Vedior Bis - temporary employment agency