French national day dedicated to Paris 2024 [ar]
French National Day dedicated to the application of Paris to the Olympics and Paralympic Games in 2024
This year, the celebration of the French National Day in Abu Dhabi, organized by the Embassy of France to the United Arab Emirates, will show its support for the bid of Paris for the Olympic Games in 2024.
This occasion will precede the date where the International Olympic Committee (IOC), will select the host city for the Olympic and Paralympic Games 2024 on 13 September, 2017, in Lima (Peru).
The city of Paris is one of the candidates to host the 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games. The French Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs, a founding member of the Paris 2024 public interest group, is working with the entire French diplomatic network abroad to support the bid. As a support to this prestigious event, the Embassy of France in United Arab Emirates will celebrate the national day on 14 July in Abu Dhabi, which will be hosted by the new Ambassador of France to the United Arab Emirates, H. E. Ludovic Pouille.
France: an attractive destination for major sporting events
France, which remains the world’s top touristic destination (with more than 80 million foreign tourists in 2016), has recently demonstrated its ability to host major sporting events, while ensuring that they remain focused on the fans in a safe and festive atmosphere, despite the difficult international circumstances.
Recent major events held in France, both sporting and non-sporting, have displayed France’s knowledge and expertise in this area, such as the COP21, UEFA Euro 2016 and the World Men’s Handball Championship. At Euro 2016, over 1.2 million people in Paris and over 4 million throughout France enjoyed the fanzones in complete safety.
With their unique heritage and expertise in hospitality, Paris and France are the world’s leading tourist destinations. Should Paris win this bid, the entire city would become a genuine Olympic Park, with many of the events in iconic locations like the Eiffel Tower, Les Invalides, the Champs-Élysées and the Château de Versailles, to mark the centenary of the 1924 Paris Olympics.
A unifying bid
The Paris bid has unified the city, enjoying strong public support. It has the support of all French sportspeople and 77% of the French public (TNS Sofres poll, October 2016). As well as the general public, all levels of government and political actors, the business world, associations and many NGOs are committed to the project.
Values of inclusion shared by French diplomacy
The Paris 2024 bid is solid and responsible, with strong values of humanism, inclusion and togetherness - values which France wants to share internationally. Paris 2024 has placed its bid under the symbol of sharing with the slogan "Made For sharing" / “Venez partager” (in French) / "تعالوا لنتشارك" (in Arabic). "We want to share the passion of the Games for a unique celebration in the stadiums and on the streets," said Tony Estanguet, co-chair of the bid committee.
This desire can be seen in several innovative aspects of the bid:
• A unique celebration of the Games and the Olympic spirit, in the heart of Paris with its most spectacular monuments.
• A vision which draws on the values of sport and the Olympic spirit to build a more inclusive and united society, including the central role given to the Paralympic Games in this project.
• These would be the first Games to be in line with the historic Paris Climate Agreements. This is an essential issue for Paris 2024. The Paris Games will have a carbon footprint 55% lower than the London 2012 and Rio 2016 Games.
• With 95% of the facilities already built, Paris 2024 will only need to build two types of facilities: the athletes’ and media villages and the aquatic centre, thus ensuring a responsible and controlled budget.
• A strong legacy for the people of Paris after the Games. The village will be converted into a new, mixed eco-neighbourhood with schools, shops and a variety of accommodation.