Leadership from eight major French companies will comprise the association's Board of Directors: Accor (the European leader in hotels and associated services), Bouygues (a diversified industrial group with interests in telecoms, media, construction and public utilities), Credit Agricole (retail and corporate banking), EDF (one of the largest electricity utility in the world), and the Europe's leading energy provider), France Telecom (one of the largest telecommunications operators in the world), Lagardere (leading French media and high-technology company), Renault (automobile design, manufacturing and financing), RATP (Paris' public transportation system).
The association is a clear indication of the strong will and commitment of the French business community to support Paris 2012. Countless French athletes, politicians from all sides and residents of Paris and the Ile-de-France region have already begun to demonstrate their desire to host the biggest international sporting event.
"A key to the success of Paris 2012"
The eight founding companies, which have already brought the equivalent of Euro 12 million to the bid 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 market, and to encourage them to bring financial, technical and/or logistical support to Paris ' bid, while respecting the International Olympic Committee (IOC) Candidature Acceptance Procedures.
Arnaud Lagardere, Chairman of the association, said, “Our mobilization is key to the success of Paris 2012. We want to demonstrate to the IOC that the French economic community is motivated and fully committed to help Paris win.”
Philippe Baudillon, Director General of Paris 2012, added, “Paris 2012 is extremely thankful to the French business community for their support. It shows how the best of France is joining forces to promote our bid beyond borders in the respect of the IOC candidature acceptance procedures”.
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