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How do they plan on converting it? Are they gonna do what Moscow have done & demolish the interior to build a new (bigger?) one?

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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.

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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......   

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12 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.

The size difference between football/rugby stadiums and athletic stadiums is just too great, thanks in particular to the requirement for curved ends to the running track (I seem to recall seeing on GB years ago a superimposition photo showing that the whole of the old West Ham stadium would almost fit in the field-of-play of the London Stadium). Moving the lower tier of seats is a very compromised half-measure.

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In France, the legislative branch is much weaker than the executive branch. And the Senate is less powerful than the other Assembly. A Senate report has not much more value than the paper on which it is printed. This kind of decision takes place at Elysee Palace. I doubt such a plan would fare well there.

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On 06/04/2017 at 4:43 PM, hektor said:

In France, the legislative branch is much weaker than the executive branch. And the Senate is less powerful than the other Assembly. A Senate report has not much more value than the paper on which it is printed. This kind of decision takes place at Elysee Palace. I doubt such a plan would fare well there.

I agree with you but this report is not the most important to me. The most important is the decision to host the annual diamond league athletics meeting in a new venue (20.000 seats). So, there will be no more athletics at the Stade de France. This stadium could be seen as a stong legacy for athletics (an advantage over LA but this advantage doesn't exist anymore as soon as it is announced there will be no more athletics in the stadium).

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Melanchon is up in the polls by large figures so now you have a distinct possibility to have a president who is against Paris 2024 elected...

 

 

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2 hours ago, hektor said:

Melanchon is up in the polls by large figures so now you have a distinct possibility to have a president who is against Paris 2024 elected...

 

 

Really?  Then maybe Paris should get 2028 since he is NOT against that (yet).  :lol: 

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6 hours ago, hektor said:

Melanchon is up in the polls by large figures so now you have a distinct possibility to have a president who is against Paris 2024 elected...

2 weeks to go, seems to be the only one who can beat Macron

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8 hours ago, hektor said:

Melanchon is up in the polls by large figures so now you have a distinct possibility to have a president who is against Paris 2024 elected...

 

 

Ironically Melenchon can be a good card to break the anti-EU/OTAN bloc of Le Pen. With both sharing similar platforms related to economics and Europe, the vote can split (And that's not counting the recent controversy of Le Pen for "Vel d'hiv rounds), with Melenchon being the non Nazi. And with Hamon being fully weak, they will need to support another candidate for the second round.

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1 hour ago, FYI said:

Macron is the cutest. I'd vote for him! :lol:

Hamon is also cute :D but he's mostly DOA. Also, Macron would be the cutest European leader for a while :D

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7 hours ago, Roger87 said:

Hamon is also cute :D but he's mostly DOA. Also, Macron would be the cutest European leader for a while :D

I thought Matteo Renzi was very boyish-looking. 

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2 hours ago, baron-pierreIV said:

I thought Matteo Renzi was very boyish-looking. 

True, but more nerdy type. If any case, Tsipras is more handsome comparing Renzi.

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A good article regarding Paris

Paris says ready to host 2024 summer Olympics months before IOC decision

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/paris-says-ready-to-host-2024-summer-olympics-months-before-ioc-decision.aspx?pageID=238&nID=111938&NewsCatID=371

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With around 95 percent of the venues already in place within 10 kilometers of Paris, the city is ready to host the 2024 Summer Olympics and Paralympics, said the bid’s integration head.

Lambis Konstantinidis, the head of the Sports and Paralympic Integration of the Paris 2024 candidature bid, told journalists that Paris, also known as the “city of lights,” was almost already ready to be the host city of the international summer games in 2024.  

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) is set to decide on which of the two candidate cities – Paris or Los Angeles – gets to host the 2024 Summer Olympics and Paralympics, on Sept. 13, in Peru, Lima.

Stating that around 95 percent of the venues to be used during the 33 different sports games are readily constructed and being used, Konstantinidis said the only venue the city missed was an aquatic center, which would be left to Parisians to use after the games.

Giving examples on why only around 5 percent of the venues would be constructed, he said the two large gardens on each side of the iconic Eiffel Tower would be turned into beach volleyball and triathlon pitches. While the marathon swimming would take place on the Seine River flowing through Paris, fencing would take place at the Grand Palais.

“All sports branches will be held in Paris,” Konstantinidis told a group of 168 journalists from 28 countries attending the yearly event of the Ski Club of International Journalists (SCIJ) in France’s picturesque Val Cenis mountain resort last week.  

“Except for equestrian, which will be held in Versailles; rowing and canoeing, which will be held to the east near Disneyland; and sailing that will be held in Marseilles,” he said, adding that the vast majority of the sports in Paris will be within the 10 kilometer-radius of the city.

While the final football game will be held in Paris, the matches leading to the final will be held in different stadiums across the country.

Placing great importance for the Paralympic games, the Paris bid candidature’s integration head said the total budget of the whole organization was $6.2 billion. While $3.2 billion of this money was allocated for the budget of the organization of the games, the rest, $3 billion, was public and private investments that would be used for the Olympic, Paralympic and Media villages.

Touching upon the strong infrastructure of Paris and especially the vast means of transportation inside and around the city, Konstantinidis said from an “image and infrastructure point of view,” the city of lights was “by far the best option,” for the bid.

 

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2 minutes ago, baron-pierreIV said:

Aren't indoor volleyball and Handball in temporary stadia at Orly?  Those have to be built too. 

I guess all what is temporary is not included in "what has to be built"

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