Paris' proposed bid to host the 2024 Olympics and Paralympics received an early boost today when French President François Hollande met his International Olympic Committee counterpart Thomas Bach.
During the meeting, at the Olympic Museum in Lausanne, Bach praised France's contribution to the Olympic Movement and told Hollande that Paris' bid "fits perfectly within the spirit of Olympic Agenda 2020".
The City Hall in Paris had endorsed the bid at a meeting in the French capital on Monday (April 13), meaning it now enjoys the support of both Hollande and the city's Mayor, Anne Hidalgo.
"This is a fantastic opportunity for the entire nation to be ready for 2024,” said Hollande.
“We know there are steps and procedures to follow.
"Like in all competitions, there are rules to be respected.
"We received a lot of information today and we are thankful to the IOC."
Paris has not held the Games since 1924.
It has since bid unsuccessfully for 1992, 2008 and 2012, awarded to Barcelona, Beijing and London respectively.
But Bach fuelled early hopes that they will be in chance of ending its long wait to host the Olympics again in a race that already includes Boston, Hamburg and Rome.
“France has a lot to offer to the Olympic Movement and already gave a lot thanks to Pierre de Coubertin," he told Hollande.
"The entire country is behind this candidature."
Hollande reportedly stressed the commitment of the French sports and political leaders and added that innovation and technology will play a great role in any bid.
"We also learned today that Paris 2024 will focus on the post-Games legacy of the venues," said Bach.
"This approach fits perfectly within the spirit of Olympic Agenda 2020."
During the meeting, Hollande invited the IOC to attend the United Nations Climate Change Conference due to take place in Paris at the end of the year.
"It is a great pleasure for us to accept this invitation," said Bach.
"Through Olympic Agenda 2020, the IOC has strengthened its commitments to sustainable development in sport.
"It is very important for us to make our contribution and efforts for the future of our planet."
Before leaving the Olympic Museum, Hollande reiterated his support to the Olympic Movement.
"With all my support to the Olympic Movement and the values it promotes. I am proud to be welcome here in Lausanne at the IOC by its President Thomas Bach", he wrote in the Golden Book that is signed by special visitors to the Museum on the banks of Lake Geneva.
Today was the third time the two leaders had met since President Bach was elected to his post in September 2013.
The two first met at the Élysée Palace in Paris and more recently at the Sommet de la Francophonie in Dakar, Senegal.
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