82 Per Cent of French Youth Back Paris 2024 Olympic Bid

A new poll has revealed that 82 per cent of youth in France support Paris’s bid for the 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games.  It showed that 74 per cent of young Parisians plan to attend the event as spectators, and nearly 9 out of 10 see the Games as an opportunity to bring the country closer together.

Survey reveals 82 per cent of French youth between 15 and 25 support Paris 2024 (Paris 2024 Photo)

Survey reveals 82 per cent of French youth between 15 and 25 support Paris 2024 (Paris 2024 Photo)

The level of support rises to 88 per cent in the Greater Paris region, with the capital’s youth showing extremely high levels of engagement with the bidding process.

The online survey of 1,000 French youth aged 15-25 years was carried out by Elabe polling institute on behalf of the Paris 2024 bid committee earlier this month.

Survey highlights include:

  • More than eight out of 10 young people (82%) are in favour of hosting the Games – with 88% in Paris supporting the candidature
  • 84% of French people between the ages of 15 and 25 are aware of the candidacy of the City of Paris for the 2024 Games – this rises to 92% in the Greater Paris region
  • 72% of young people in France were optimistic Paris would be awarded the Games in September
  • In Paris, 72% would be interested in helping to organise the Games and 74% to attend as spectators

The new survey doesn’t describe the support of Paris 2024 from Parisians older than 25.

Last year an independent survey taken across Los Angeles described overall support of LA’s 2024 Olympic Games bid at 88 per cent.

Last month Budapest withdrew from the 2024 race after a referendum was about to be forced amid public support below 50 per cent.  In 2015 Hamburg exited the race when the German city lost a referendum after garnering just below 50 per cent of the votes.  Rome also abandoned a 2024 bid when the newly elected Mayor cut funding and said resources should instead be spent on essential services.

Paris 2024 Co-Chair Tony Estanguet said “this shows the passion and excitement there is among our young people for hosting the Olympic and Paralympic Games, such a vital factor in the continued growth of the Olympic Movement.”

“The Paris 2024 bid has captured the imagination of young people in France who, like us, see the Games as a tool for unity and real social purpose that can help accelerate positive change across the country and beyond.

“We are committed to engaging and inspiring the next generation of athletes, fans and leaders who will help us deliver a spectacular celebration of sport in 2024 that will leave a lasting legacy on the people of France.”

Paris 2024 CEO Etienne Thobois said “public support is key from the bid phase to the delivery of the Games and the spectacular celebration it brings.  We are very proud to see how our youth has embraced Paris 2024, and we know it is because there is a sense of belonging, of a shared adventure.”

“This project shows it is a splendid opportunity to bring the country together, which is a belief shared by nearly 90 per cent of youngsters who see the inspirational power of the Games.  This support gives us even more motivation to continue to work hard to show the world that we have the right vision for the right moment for the Olympic and Paralympic Games in 2024.”

Paris is competing with Los Angeles to host the 2024 Olympic Games and the winning city will be selected by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) September 13 in Lima, Peru.