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  1. On 4/6/2019 at 2:44 AM, RuFF said:

    Here is an article on the subject. Whether it’s a rea threat or not I don’t know, however:


    I fail to see why you're all panicking.

    The chances of this woman or her party ever being elected to the Paris town hall are zilch!  She belongs to a far left party called "La France Insoumise" (A Rebellious France) led by a fire breathing demagogue called Jean-Luc Mélenchon who still hasn't lived down the humiliation of having lost a presidential election he was probably the only one to think he could win!

    This call for a referendum is some last ditch & desperate call for attention.

    Nobody listens what she has to say and no one cares......

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  2. 11 hours ago, Nacre said:

    That is very disappointing to me. Of all of the big athletics-capable stadiums in the world Stade de France seems like the one best suited to its primary tenants. If a stadium designed from the start to be suitable for football and rugby in addition to big athletics events is not good enough, then there is simply no hope for Olympic Stadiums in the future.

    Remember, this is only a *recommendation* made by a senatorial committee. It has yet to be accepted and implemented......   

  3. IOC president 'impressed' by Paris 2024 bid



    French President Francois Hollande treated IOC President Thomas Bach with a special gift: an Olympic flag from the 1924 Olympic games that were held in Paris.

    In addition to the vintage present, Hollande also had a special message for Bach: "This Olympic flag dates back to nearly a century. It will be a century old when Paris will host the Games in 2024."

    Paris, which has not hosted the Olympics since those Games, is competing against Budapest, Rome and Los Angeles. The International Olympic Committee will choose the host city in September.

    After meeting with French athletes and Paris bid leaders during a two-day visit in the French capital, Bach met Hollande at the Elysee Palace on Sunday to discuss the bid.

    He told Hollande he was "impressed" by the Paris dossier and the strong support the bid is enjoying.

    "The Paris bid is a very, very strong bid because of the unity and the large support it is sparking off," Bach said. "Personally, I'm very impressed by the unity among both the sporting and political worlds."

    Bach insisted the strong support among the general population was a key asset to the Paris bid.

    "This has not always been the case with the previous French bids," he said.

    Paris failed in bids for the 1992, 2008, and 2012 Games and France also decided not to bid for 2020 after Annecy was humiliated in the race for the 2018 Winter Games.

    This time, bid officials have made sure their project is backed by the government, the Paris city hall, and enjoys a strong level of public support.

    The Paris bid is also in line with the IOC's Agenda 2020, a set of recommendations encouraging bidding cities to promote maximizing the use of existing facilities and infrastructure to save money.

    More than 70 percent of the proposed venues in the Paris bid are existing facilities, with a further 25 percent being temporary structures. The main construction requirements for the bid include an aquatics center close to the Stade de France, a new indoor arena in the southern Bercy neighborhood, the Olympic village and media center. Paris officials are also promising there won't be any white elephants and that 100 percent of the venues will have a real legacy.

    "Your project is excellent and is in line with the Agenda 2020," said Bach.

    Despite the security threats in France, Hollande repeated that Paris has the experience needed to organize and protect major events if it gets the Games, citing the soccer European Championships France hosted last summer as an example.

    More than 200 people have died in France in the last 20 months in several terror attacks.

    "I have no idea how the world will look like in 2024, but it will necessarily be dangerous," Hollande said. "There is not a single country, or capital, that might think it will be immune. We have been confronted by this reality for a while, but we have what it takes to protect an event like the 2024 Olympics."

    Bach, who attended a soccer game between refugees and French athletes at the end of his visit, said security is a top priority for the IOC.

    "We have to face challenges, but these challenges are not restricted to one particular city, or to one particular country," he said. "Unfortunately, we are living in a world where all big events and normal citizens have to live with this threat of terrorism. This is true for every country in the world. What is important is to see how countries are dealing with this challenge. And France has shown with the recent organization of the Euro (European Championship) that they can deal with security challenges." Next week, Bach is expected to meet Italian officials, who still hope the Rome bid can be revived despite opposition from the city council, which voted in favor of scrapping the bid after Mayor Virginia Raggi rejected the candidacy.


  4. 5 hours ago, Nacre said:

    How much media attention is the bid campaign getting in France? Today I met a French woman and asked in my broken French what she thought of "les jeux olympiques de Paris." And she said she didn't know anything about it. Though perhaps she misunderstood me. I don't know how to say "bid" in French.

    Also, my only complaint about French people is how hard it is to try and speak to French people abroad in less than perfect French. I am sorry to misuse your beautiful language. But how will I ever improve my French if the people of France do not want me to practice it with them?

    Otherwise I think the French are the most wonderful travelers I have met, although Europeans in general are well behaved.

    The media and bidding team are keeping fairly low key about it at the moment for various reasons.

    First of all they don't want to get peoples' hopes up only to see them dashed again! ("Once burned, twice shy").

    Secondly we're a year away from the vote and all the journos here are mainly concentrating on the may 2016 presidential & parliamentary elections. 

    However the bid was frequently mentioned by pundits and medal winners during Rio 2016......

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  5. Stefan,

    Before throwing mud at my country you should be asking yourself what role your country played in making an already volatile situation in Europe even worse by your Merkel's cynical and self serving actions. By opening the floodgates to millions of refugees (many of whom were simple economic migrants) she probably thought she could cherry pick the best for her domestic industry then offload the rest of the unwanted to the other EU citing "European solidarity". Her cynical plan went pear shaped when her European neighbours saw through her plan and refused to play ball. Not a day goes by without your gutter press reporting an incident involving an asylum seeker.

    Let's now see how the elections work out next year in Germany shall we.....


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  6. I followed the whole debate on British TV and sometimes couldn't believe the complete BS being uttered by the Leave camp. It was clear that any meaningful discussion was being hijacked by a debate on immigration. If the Remain camp's stance on that subject was maladroit , the brexiters (brex$hitters?) ran a campaign which, in the words of John Major, verged on the squalid. They deliberately confused the issue between EU and non EU immigrants knowing full well that what was itching jobless workers, UKIP supporters and sympathisers was the latter, much less the former.

    'Leave' have now pulled off the biggest con trick in British political postwar history.

    I just hope they don't live to regret it......

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