By Duncan Mackay

Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo has refused to back a bid from the French capital for the 2024 Olympics and Paralympics ©AFP/Getty ImagesParis' new Mayor Anne Hidalgo has cast a large question mark over whether the French capital will bid for the 2024 Olympics and Paralympics by refusing to publicly endorse it, claiming it is low on her list of priorities. 

Hidalgo, a member of the Socialist Party who took office last month, claimed she will wait until a feasibility study launched earlier this week is completed before deciding whether or not to back the campaign.

But she did not sound enthusiastic about trying to bring the Olympics back to Paris for the first time since 1924.

"I didn't promote this project during my campaign," said Hidalgo, the first woman to be Mayor of Paris. 

"Parisians expect me to provide housing, public services, justice, economic ease."

She made her comments during a visit to the United States where she appeared alongside New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, who earlier this week had ruled out a bid from his city for the 2024 Olympics and Paralympics. 

New Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo has claimed she has other priorities other than bidding for the 2024 Olympics and Paralympics ©AFP/Getty ImagesNew Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo has claimed she has other priorities other than bidding for the 2024 Olympics and Paralympics ©AFP/Getty Images

"I love sports, I love sports competitions, I know what it can bring to a society and a city in terms of dreams and energy," said Hidalgo.

"But today we are all under financial and budgetary restraints that do not make it possible for me to say I support such a candidacy."

On Monday (May 26), 12 working groups compiled of 200 figures from across French society were launched to investigate whether Paris should put itself forward again to host the Olympics following unsuccessful bids for 1992, 2008 and 2012. 

They plan to study all aspects of the potential bid over the next four months before submitting a decision to political leaders later this year.

"I will make my stance known once this work is completed," said Hidalgo.

Cities planning to bid are due to inform the International Olympic Committee in the autumn of 2015. 

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