Less than a month before the International Olympic Committee (IOC) selects a city for the 2018 Winter Olympic Games, Annecy 2018 President Charles Beigbeder announced Wednesday the results of a new opinion poll which shows that more than 90 per cent of the French public support Annecy’s bid.
The poll took place May 19 to 31. Respondents were asked “are you in favour of the city of Annecy in Haute Savoie hosting the 2018 Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games”. Nationally 91 per cent of respondents said yes, regionally 88 per cent were in favour and locally 67 per cent said yes.
Beigbeder said, “the support of the French public is driving us on in this bid and we are grateful for their efforts every day of the campaign. This latest poll reflects the high levels of public support as does our large and active Facebook community which has over 135,000 members”.
He added, “these figures have given a huge boost to everyone working tirelessly on the bid. In the next few weeks we will all be doing everything we can to convince the IOC that Annecy 2018 would be the best possible partner for the Olympic movement to benefit Winter sports not just in one city, country, or continent, but all over the world.
“We truly believe we can be victorious in Durban and are sure the French public will be urging us on every step of the way”.