Paris announces its bid
Mayor of Paris, Bertrand Delanoë, unveiled his city's bid to host the 30th Olympic Games on May 21st, 2003. "We are bidding for the honour of organising the Olympic Games in 2012," he told a gathering of several hundred guests. The city's candidature has the backing of the French Government, the Ile-de-France region and French businesses.


It was while addressing an assembly of "sportsmen, teams, managers and citizens" in the hall of mirrors at the Hôtel de Ville that Bertrand Delanoë announced Paris's bid to organise the 2012 Olympic Games. This candidature, he said, "arose from an Olympic desire shared by sportsmen and women, Parisians and the people of the Ile-de-France region" and was supported by the State, the region and businesses.

Bertrand Delanoë intends to hold Games which are "emblems of civilisation at the service of peace, at the service of life", which are "ecological" and guided by principles of "simplicity". "These will not be the Games of vanity, wastefulness or showiness", the Mayor of Paris added. "They will be the Games of performance and efficiency".

Although he could not say which venues would host the 2012 Games, Bertrand Delanoë pointed out that the earlier dossier used for Paris 2008 was "technically excellent" and would "be used to prepare the dossier for 2012".

In putting forward this bid, "we intend to be the best, and we intend to win," the Mayor of Paris concluded.

Jean-François Lamour, Minister of Sports, and Jean-Paul Huchon, President of the Regional Council, representing the French Government and the Ile-de-France region, respectively, also addressed the assembly.


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