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French artists adorn the Ministry of Youth, Sports and Associations with Paris 2012 colors
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Jean-François Lamour, Minister of Sports, Youth and Associations, today unveiled the works of three French artists that celebrate L’Amour des Jeux and will adorn the walls of the Ministry from now on. Jean-Charles de Castelbajac, Ora-Ito, and Luis are the artists who have expressed their support for Paris’s quest to host the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games by creating unique and inspired artworks in the colors of the Paris Bid.

At the unveiling ceremony, Minister Lamour said: "This morning’s special ambiance is brightened by the fusion of culture and sport, giving birth to the strong and complementary symbols that demonstrate that everyone can express ‘L’Amour des Jeux’ in his own, unique way".

- Jean-Charles de Castelbajac, fashion creator and designer, has always been inspired by sport. Since the Seventies, major brands have called upon his sense of sport aesthetic to launch surprising collections. His unique design sense is also evident in his work in honor of Paris 2012.

- Ora-Ito, a young artist and designer, has conceived a lucid work that features the Eiffel Tower as a symbol of Paris and appeals to the public with its passionate message: "2012 Olympic Games should take place in Paris because our dreams are at stake".

- Luis is a young artist who is in high demand by major French brands. His personal understanding of the French artistic values has served as a natural inspiration for his work for Paris 2012.

The support of these French artists for the Paris 2012 bid is another example of France’s desire to embrace and share its cultural values throughout the world.
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