As the 6th of January, 2005 marks exactly six months before the International Olympic Committee announces
the official host of the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, Paris has decided
to mark the date by illuminating the city with L’Amour des Jeux.
Starting tonight at 5:30 PM until the 6th of July 2005, the facades of both the French National Assembly
and City Hall will sport the Paris 2012 logo.
During this six month period, green, yellow, red and blue neon lights will illumine the columns of two of
Paris’ most notable buildings to illustrate France’s motivation to host the 2012
Olympic and Paralympic Games.
Similarly, the arches of four of the principle bridges of the French Capital will also be highlighted with
the Olympic colors - the Concorde, the Iéna, the Marie bridges and the Debilly
footbridge. The illuminations have been designed to project Olympic rings reflecting
in the water of the Seine River.
An additional eight kilometers of quays along the Seine also will be illuminated allowing Parisians and tourists
to enjoy the specific Olympic atmosphere while strolling along the river.
Amongst the symbolic places to feature the Paris 2012 logo, the Eiffel Tower was the first to have adorned
the colors of the Paris 2012 bid with a giant banner having been installed in
November, 2004. In addition, many of the members of the Paris 2012 Corporate Club,
official sponsors of the French Bid, have already adorned their headquarters with
Paris 2012 colors.