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  1. Benjamin Nitwityahu called snapped elections in Israel recently to try and shore-up support for his government in the face of declining economic prospects for Israel.

    That was the context in which he went to Washington to chest-pound his way to be the security candidate of the election.

    While on the ways to the polls (next Tuesday) something interesting happened. Isaac Herzog became Labor Leader and his alliance with the politically opportunistic Tzipi Livni has resulted in what could be the first Labour victory since Ehud Barak. Centrist and Leftish parties could make up as much as 65 of the 120 seats based on current polling.

    The interesting thing is that Herzog and Livni have said things that even 5 years ago would be unthinkable for an Israeli politician. A stable government under their leadership could see progression towards peace not seen since the Oslo Accords.

    Buji all the way ! :)

    I'm Christian but I have strong muslim connections in my family.

    I've never seen Bibi as the warmonger that some people want him to be.

    Peace is possible with Bibi too...I'm part muslim but my boyfriend's a French Jew. ^_^

    So if it's Buji, cool as I love him (dont ask me why). If it's Bibi well, I like him too. Only Israel is capable of giving us a political choice with cool people.

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    France lost by 4 votes. It might as well have been a coin toss between them and London. If this is about how the media convinced French citizens that Paris was going to win, then you should've lost faith in your media, not the IOC.

    Hey you leave my butt alone

  3. As Britain has shown so magnificently, hosting the Olympics can be the biggest and best impetus to refocus on athletes and results.

    Just a trompe l'oeil. A temporary illusion. As much as I like Britain, their medal count will fall dramatically in Rio in comparison to London.

    I'm talking abot long-time efforts, lasting results, and a real commitment for athletes and sport.

  4. A much funnier position is to be outside of it all anyway. The IOC's much funnier to control from the inside, but without getting involved in those ruinous, always uncertain olympic bids. Controlled from the inside by our IOC members, and decide the fate of other olympic aspirants. JC Killy was one who understood that, shame he isn't a member anymore, but he did a great job.

    France might get something out of it, and there's the pleasure to see them all fight for something that only one will get...And the power to decide.

    I'd rather focus on the athletes and on giving them the financial ways to be stronger and stronger. No one truly cares about where the games are held anymore, and most people even forget. It may be something that the older generations have trouble understanding, but among the younger globalized ones, no one really cares whether the games are held in Africa, America or Asia: all of them are in the world anyway. A powerful nation at the olympics, that's the real power.

  5. If Paris, Rome, Berlin or Hamburg and Boston all bid, with Bostin winning, I will have lost ALL faith to the IOC and will have to end my love for the Games. In all seriousness.

    You should've lost faith in the IOC in 2005 already. Most French people have.

    But well, if you believe in it that much you should get a list ready by 2017, one with all of your favorite places to get drinks & forget...

  6. Just awful! What an appalling tragedy!

    My sincerest condolences to France and French sport! :(

    Thanks Mainad.

    Believe it or not - and even I was surprised to feel so sad about all this - but we've all been particularly shocked by the deaths of those 2 young guys in such dreadful circumstances. Not to forget the amazing & brave F.Arthaud. 2 young athletes who also happened to be amazing human beings, talented, and struck by destiny. Life's really ugly sometimes.

    The INSEP, a training center which is a kind of goldmine where all the biggest hopes of French sport go, paid them a heartbreaking tribute today. Many of them were in tears and it should remind us that we still have great athletes. Great athletes that us French people should also support for the moving tribute they gave to their lost friends. Among them, and as a way to try to look ahead:

    Loic Pietri (judo)


    Eloyse Lesueur (long jump)


    Romain Magula (swimming)


    Giacomo Perez Dortona (swimming)


    We share their pain and will be backing this new generation of athletes.

  7. The politicians are NOT against the Games, most of them will support it, Sarkozy is in favour, NKM is in favour, both left and right parties pretty much support a bid.

    NKM isn't in favor, neither are many UMP members. She's neutral and "cautious": http://www.lejdd.fr/Politique/JO-2024-a-Paris-Hidalgo-partante-NKM-prudente-641674

    You're forgetting many political sides in your vision by the way, and many people. The Front National is opposedt the games, they represent 30% of the French electorate right now, and are about to squash all of the traditional parties in the upcoming departmental elections. Many in the far-left parties and the greens are against as well.

    But you have a majority of people in favor of the games at the moment - see, I give you that. But on the moment all these people I mentioned will start getting interested in the olympic games topic, figures could dramatically invert.

    Not many people will want to be involved in the defeat that Paris will face, should a bid come true.

  8. Speak for yourself on that one. Clearly there are some people in Paris and in France who think bidding for an Olympics is a good idea.

    It's not negativity, it's a lack of will, and no thirst for the games anymore (for those of the French who don't want a bid of course).


  9. My response to all this negativity is this: Cry me a river, build a bridge, and get over it.

    It's not negativity, it's a lack of will, and no thirst for the games anymore (for those of the French who don't want a bid of course).

    There's no crying either, we just don't want any bid nor the games...Apart from that, we're really fine thank you :)

    To be honest, I think it's also about time to stop talking about Chirac ? He wasn't the most clever man ever, that's a fact, but it's only one factor among many, I could give 4 names of 4 IOC members and their nationalities, (we have them ), who promised they would vote for Paris and weirdly changed their votes on the voting day. A friend of mine working at L'Equipe confirmed that to me. So Paris would've lost anway. Chirac or not.

    As far as I'm concerned, I would love to see Africa be awarded its first games...It's Africa's time and they're very capable of doing it.

    It's human nature. Oh, you don't want me? Then fcku you. And don't come begging 12 years from now.

    haha thumbs up

  10. Awesome radio speech (that I could've written) by French sport journalist Pascal Praud. He's known by all the French and operates on the biggest national radio station (RTL) so it's great to see such a wise & relevant message reaching such a large audience.

    For the non French-speakers: In a nicely written chronicle, he points out that intending to present a bid isn't serious. That we all know well that 4 billions will turn into 10 in the end, and that the way the IOC works is way too shadowy and suspicious to spend money and energy on a bid. The Singapore walloping is also recalled, underlying that everything had been done to win back then, to end in a defeat.

    I would've added that we have even less chances than in 2012, but that's an awesome job which could hopefully open some of our compatriots' eyes.

  11. you're not acknowledging all the posts from people outside France who'd like to see a Paris Games and think it would be a formidable bid if it proceeded.

    :) I'm acknowledging those supports Rob, and believe me, I saw them. I just have a different opinion.

    Being a very new British resident (and loving it) I have demonstrations of affection and sympathy everyday, not just about the olympics. Now I'm not sure the French generally deserve it ;) .

    I can tell you why. First of all, Boston's bid is extremely compact. More compact than Paris's and any other olympics ever. Second of all , I have noticed that you say Boston will have to build a lot. That really isn't true. Boston's bid depends of existing venues within college campuses, such as Harvard Stadium for hockey.

    Good job.

    The college venues are world-class. This isn't the French university system we're talking about. :D


  12. F**** all the French pessimists, I'm excited about Paris 2024!!

    Haha go for it mate.

    F*** the naive idiots is more relevant. The idiots who will once more put a whole country to shame and give it another international humiliation.

    You'll make a fool of yourself just like the bunch of amateurs in Paris who will be part of it.

    Like many French people you don't sound like you even have a clear idea of the the world we live in. You're stuck within your own borders and your idea that your country is the best

    Just take a look at your speech..."Boston's weak...Africa's not ready..." We're the best and the others are sh*t right? That's definitely the way you're gonna win...

    We'll see you when your teeth are shattered, and your hopes as well.

  13. So who do you think 2024 will go to that Paris is against tougher competition? That's where I have to question your mindset. 2024 is going to be tougher than 1992 when the election was all but rigged for Barcelona? Tougher than 2008 when they were up against Beijing off their close 2000 loss? Tougher than 2012 when they went up against their big European rival and, as Rob noted, lost by a very small margin?

    I get the frustration and anger that come from having lost so many times and now going on a century that Paris hasn't hosted. I get the animosity towards the IOC where the Olympics are a costly endeavor and it's easy to say it's a bad decision to pursue it. But don't go so far as to say that Paris shouldn't go after 2024 becayse they're not going to get it. You don't think Paris can beat Boston? Rome? Berlin/Hamburg? Is it because of who is involved with the Paris bid and you think they're holding Paris back? Or are you legitimately concerned that any or all of those cities stand a better chance at landing the Olympics.

    Will all respect, I do no really get the way you see things either (but we dont have to agree, do we).

    No, I do not think that the 2024 games will return once more to Europe after the IOC already chose to return to Europe immediately after Athens 04' and Beijing 08', leaving other continents aside.

    Taking heed of this fact, no, I do not think that following London 12', Rio 16', and Tokyo 22', the IOC will once more choose to get back to Europe, and once more push aside North America or Africa.

    I do not think that the 2024 games will go to a city that's 200 miles away (and 2 hours by train) from the place that hosted them in 2012.

    On the other hand, I do think that there's a real appeal in making the first African games and that the United States can really play their card too.

    My points may not sound logical or relevant to you, but they are obvious to me.

    Don't give us the line that Paris couldn't get it done in their first 3 attempts, so why should the 4th try be any different.

    That's what I think though.

    For all that, yes, the competition will be tougher than in 2012; and for people in our country with no memory and naive enough to use the argument "it'll be our 4th one so this time...We're finally gonna get it!!" which was something that was already said in Singapore back in 2005, is just lamentable and dispiriting.

    But I can show them places in Paris selling whips and handcuffs if humiliation's really what they're into...

  14. Incorrigible, naive, stupid...So they're doing it again, eh ?...Words aren't sufficient to qualfy this irresponsible move and that masquerade in an even tougher 2024 competition. It seems like politicians, who know nothing about sport, do not learn from the past and make decisions in complete ignorance. 2024 will never go to Paris. Maybe it's time for a reminder...But no, these people's level of idiocy is such that they won't take heed of warnings anyway. Go ahead !


  15. There is no sane argument that says it's the United States' time in 2024. If you want to tell us none of the European heavyweights will bid in 2024 and Boston will get it, that's one thing. But to spin it the way you are is just facepalm-worthy

    He's absolutely right actually. London already got it in 2012 when Athens had hosted in 2004. After a round of London-Rio-Tokyo, and if there's the choice between going back to Europe or finally go to the US 28 years after Atlanta 96, it's not excessive to say the US has an advantage.

    At least, it's definitely not worth a facepalm...Or maybe the idea of Boston winning thrills you so much, you don't even want to believe in it. I hardly believe that such a seemingly expert eye on olympism like yours doesn't see how big your chances are.

    (now, there's Africa, they'll probably give you a much tougher time than Europeans but that's another thing).

  16. :lol:

    Usually they burn UK/US/Israeli flags...It gives them a little change once in a while ! ;)

    We have the support of non-radical, tolerant muslims who do not find the cover to be "hateful" and who, like us, believe in freedom to criticize religions. There's nothing we'll yield to defend our values, freedom, democracy, refusal of backward treatments of women, acts of barbarity against sexual / religious / ethnic minorities.

    We do not regret those "demonstrations" made by those people without any ability to think. People with a tribal attitude, a level of knowledge equalling 0 and deficient brains with nothing else but their religious monomania, and their stubborn hatred.

    We're delighted by it.

    Also, congratulations to the Belgian forces for shooting 2 scums linked with the Charlie attacks, and arresting a third one before they commit an attack. We'll keep publishing whatever we want without anything being dictated to us, and if one or some of them feels like threatening our values again or our Jewish compatriots, they should try and dare. They'll taste some of this, like the parasite that attacked the kosher supermarket. We're ready now.


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