Only Twenty Per Cent Support Paris 2024 Bid

According to an unscientific poll by Le Figaro, a newspaper with the largest circulation in France, only 20 per cent out of 50,000 respondents support a bid from Paris for the 2024 Summer Olympic Games.

Le Figaro asked its readers Saturday whether the city should submit an application to host the 2024 Games. Out of 52,745 votes received, just 20 per cent said “yes”.

Thursday French President Francois Hollande said during a prime time television interview that he was “in favour of the city if Paris decides to put in a bid for the Games”. Paris mayor Anne Hidalgo responded Friday by asking the president to respect the agenda, which says Paris will announce a decision in January on whether or not to bid.

The mayor said at a press conference Friday, “I want to tell you that nothing and nobody will change my agenda or method when it is concerned to Paris’ bid for the Olympic Games”.

Paris lost out in bids for the 1992, 2008 and 2012 Olympics.

Mayor Hidalgo said, “I’m asking for the respect of the ongoing collective work. I’m also asking for the respect of the Parisians”.

The French Committee for International Sport (CFSI) is to publish a study on the possibility of a bid.