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  1. Hope you'll be on the shore to wave the arrival of the Hermione, Baron!
  2. Paris mayor, Anne Hidalgo, stated that the Parisians would be "consulted". What form that consultation would take wasn't specified. It seems, nevertheless, that a full on referendum isn't on the cards...... Seconded....
  3. The poll was published in a Sunday newspaper: https://pbs.twimg.com/media/CB0BzfgWEAENTiV.jpg:large Anne Hidalgo has also hinted that there might be a referendum in 2016. Her exact words were that "the Parisians will be consulted in 2016" (video in French): http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x2lr8q3_anne-hidalgo-le-village-olympique-doit-etre-situe-en-seine-saint-denis_news Lastly and unsurprisingly! https://twitter.com/trolympic/status/584799222895095808 PS: ignore previous post.....
  4. Sublished in a Sunday newspaper:
  5. The PSG 10 were absolutely heroic against the Chelsea 12 (no need to ask who's side the ref was on....). A match that'll go down in history. Well done Laurent....
  6. I can't say that I completely disagree with that statement!!
  7. The Paris Hotel de Ville where the 2024 announcement was made is a 19th century building. The Louis Vuitton foundation is a 21st century one. Both bids (2024 & 2025) showcase what we did best yesterday and what we do best today and tomorrow!
  8. We're obviously not reading the same articles Tulsa. This one claims the contrary and says that there is nothing to stop France from organising both the 2024 SOG and the 2025 UE: http://www.lexpress.fr/actualite/sport/jo-2024-et-expo-2025-deux-projets-qui-ne-se-marchent-pas-sur-les-pieds_1658406.html (in French) The article goes on to remind the reader that Spain held both the 1992 SOG in Barcelona and the UE in Seville the same year. That the rugby WC will be held in Japan in 2019 and the SOG in 2020 and that both the 2016 WC and 2018 SOG have/will take(n) place in Brazil. As for the suggestion that Paris should sit 2024 out and wait for 2028, it's only a minority that are voicing that proposition. Funnily most of them are from the 2025 UE bidding team!!
  9. Well he would say that, wouldn't he! He there's one thing he's terrified of and which probably gives him nightmares, it's Paris 2024 doing a 'Rome 2020'.......
  10. Then again we all know the IOC is so very good a setting up a whole raft of wonderful new rules and regulations which are supposed to bring down the cost of hosting a game (as they did in Prague back in 2003, remember them?) only to sit on them at the first opportunity....
  11. Just to savour that moment a little bit more: Karabatic kicking Qatar's backside!!!
  12. Well theoretically they could....... ........but they DIDN'T!!!!!!!!! http://www.lexpress.fr/actualite/sport/en-direct-l-equipe-de-france-de-handball-defie-le-qatar-pour-un-5e-titre-mondial_1647094.html
  13. Please note that I disassociate myself completely with my fellow countryman Tulsa's rantings over Annecy and PyeongChang. Annecy 2018 was a non starter from the word go! Central government only went with it (or rather pretended to go with it) to placate local dignitaries and show the IOC , then, that they hadn't completely turned their back on an OG. I'm surprised btw that we even managed to scrape 7 votes!! As I mentioned in previous posts, the accepted policy (to this day) is that there will never be a WOG in France until a SOG has been held in Paris. Tulsa needs to live with it. Now back to the object of this thread, Paris 2024.........
  14. And twitter feeds (mostly in French) : https://twitter.com/hashtag/Paris2024?src=hash https://twitter.com/hashtag/ambitionolympique?src=hash
  15. Latest news is that the findings from the feasibility study will be made public on the 12th February. The venue chosen is.......... <drum roll> ............the Paris town hall!!
  16. Absolutely staggered that my "Je suis Charlie" post on the 'Terrorist attack against French satire magazine' thread has been modded !!! Can anyone tell me what I did wrong? (Apologies to all if this is the wrong place to post)
  17. "Fifa and Sepp Blatter in secret talks about president's future" http://www.bbc.com/sport/0/football/30572224
  18. No he didn't. As memorabilia pointed out he said he was "in favour [of a SOG] if She (Paris that is) decides to bid". Which you'll agree is a different kettle of fish. She doesn't have a veto so doesn't need to be coerced, only convinced. In the past she simply stated that she hadn't been elected to organise a SOG and that if a SOG were to be held it wasn't for the Parisians to pay for it. Besides, it's not for city hall to bid but the French NOC. Responding on the radio this morning Guy Drut said that Hollande's statement was "encouraging". Beware what you wish for!!
  19. Favourites? Been there. Done that. Even got the T shirt! http://media.koreus.com/200507/jo2012-tshirt.jpg
  20. He didn't really say no to a 2024 SOG. What he did was to publicly voice his support for a 2025 Expo. He was supported in his stance by the Paris mayor. French commentators have concluded that by making such a statement without waiting for the results of a feasibility study he was in fact burying the whole Paris 2024 project.
  21. What new bidding rules? Internet bank transfers instead of brown envelopes!!
  22. Anne Hidalgo is Bertrand Delanoë's protégé. He was the previous Paris mayor. She owes him everything and it's thanks to him that she got elected. So much so that she arranged for him to keep a private office in the town hall in spite of the fact that he has officially retired. Bertrand Delanoë also is the one who led the Paris 2012 bid. Needless to say the ioc, who betrayed her mentor, is not very high in her esteem!! I've got a feeling that not only will she do nothing to facilitate a 2024 bid but will probably do everything to sabotage it. But then again that's just my opinion.......
  23. Sorry to put a dampener on all your - justified - anticipations but this sentence stood out like a sore thumb: "But there will also be a public consultation conducted in parallel to the feasibility study, via a dedicated website which will open on June 16 with the aim of gaining ideas and innovations from the general public." Considering the fact that any potential bid will be politically steered by the present government and in view of recent election results, I'm not sure the French taxpayer is going to rush in and vote for a resounding 'Oui'!!
  24. A follow-up from the previous article: http://edition.cnn.com/2014/05/16/sport/football/qatar-world-cup-mistake-sepp-blatter/
  25. He also alluded, during the interview, to political pressures from both France and Germany prior to the votes . He mentions a meeting Platini had with Sarkozy, then French president, at the Elysée palace where the the emir of Qatar was also present. Seems to me 'Splatter' is trying to get rid of a possible rival prior to next year's election at FIFA whilst trying to distance himself from those who voted for Qatar. Very devious! But then again, what do you expect?
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