Bertrand Delanoë : “Yes, Paris Needs the Games”
Mayor of Paris and President of Paris 2012 Bertrand Delanoë presented a strong case for hosting the Summer 2012 Olympic
and Paralympic Games on behalf of his city today, at the European Olympic Committee
General Assembly in Dubrovnik, Croatia.
During the course of his ten-minute presentation, Mr. Delanoë highlighted the dedication to the
Olympic values, which forms the basis of the French bid, and explained the merits
and organisational principles of the Paris 2012 concept to the International Olympic
Committee members attending the session.
“Paris is a candidate to host the global event that symbolizes the values we consider essential: fraternity,
tolerance, competition in the spirit of mutual respect, and a resolve to push
oneself to the limit”, the Mayor of Paris and President of the Bid Committee said.
Before outlining the organisational concept, “One Village, Two Clusters”, Mr. Delanoë underscored a key strength of the
Paris 2012 candidature: “the ability to make the athletes the focus of the Paris
2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. This is a commitment we make to the International
Olympic Committee”, he declared.
In reference to the values that forge the Olympic identity, he reiterated his city’s commitment to organise
a “popular, united, ecological and ethical” Olympics.
In addition to the price, accommodation, and availability guarantees, as well as a promise of a city-wide
celebration of the Olympic values, the President of Paris 2012 underscored his
intention to ensure that the transport infrastructure is accessible for people
with disabilities. “It will be one of the event’s lasting legacies”, Mr. Delanoë
pledged. He then outlined Paris 2012’s plans to organize an event “that is truly
ecological in nature, with an unprecedented objective: the first Olympic Games
to result in a neutral balance of greenhouse gas emissions”.
Evoking the legacy for Paris after the Games, Mr. Delanoë passionately declared: "Paris needs the
Games”. In conclusion, he pledged that “each visitor will feel at home in France
irrespective of his age, nationality, religion or colour of skin”.
Philippe Baudillon, CEO, and Armand de Rendinger, International Director, were also in the Paris 2012
delegation in Dubrovnik.