Paris 2012’s Delegation In Singapore
The team that will accompany the President of the French Republic Jacques Chirac and the Mayor of Paris and the Paris 2012 President Bertrand Delanoë represents different groups of the French society , all passionately backing the Paris Bid.
Numerous political and business leaders, as well as representatives of the arts and sports , are expected to arrive in Singapore between July 2nd and 5th in order to share with the Olympic Family their “Love of the Games” (“L’Amour des Jeux”) and the vision for the Paris 2012 Olympics. Many of the supporters have been deeply involved in the Paris 2012 project since its inception and will have an opportunity to demonstrate their commitment to the Paris Bid during the final days in Singapore.
The Paris 2012 team will include:
- The members of the Paris 2012 Founding Committee : Jean-François Lamour (French Minister of Youth, Sports and Associations), Henri Sérandour (President of CNOSF – French Olympic and Sports Committee), Jean-Paul Huchon (President of Ile-de-France region), Marie-Claire Restoux (Technical advisor to the President of the French Republic), Jean-Claude Killy (IOC member), Maurice Herzog (Honorary Member of the IOC), Alain Danet (Honorary Member of the IOC);
- The presidents and General Managers of the 20 companies of the Paris 2012 Corparate Club, including Arnaud Lagardère, President of the Paris 2012 Corporate Club ;
- The representatives of the French Trade Unions backing all the Paris bid;
- The representatives of the principal political groups at the municipal assembly of Paris ;
- The French film director Luc Besson, who has directed the film of Paris 2012’s final presentation.
On the sports side, the French delegation counts numerous famous Olympic and Paralympic champions, including the French sports legends, notably:
- Laurent Blanc, member of the French team winning the FIFA World Cup 1998 and the European Championships 2000;
- Christine Caron (swimming), Silver Medal at the Tokyo Olympic Games 1964;
- Stéphane Diagana (athletics), World Champion 400m/hurdlers in Athens (1997) and 4 x 400m relays in Paris (2003);
- David Douillet (judo), Double Olympic Champion, Atlanta 1996 and Sydney 2000;
- Assia El Hannouni (athletics), Four - time Olympic Champion on 100m, 200m, 400m and 800m at the Paralympics in Athens 2004 in the visually impaired category;
- Tony Estanguet (canoe - kayak), Double Olympic Champion in slalom canoeing (single) Sydney 2000 and Athens 2004;
- Laura Flessel (fencing), Double Olympic Champion with the Epée (individual and team competition) Atlanta 1996 and Sydney 2000
- Jean-François Fountaine (sailing), selection for the Olympic team, Montréal 1976, World Champion and winner of numerous transatlantic competitions
- Béatrice Hess (swimming), 19 Gold medals at the Paralympics New York 1984, Seoul 1988, Atlanta 1996, Sydney 2000 and Athens 2004
- Michel Jazy (athletics), Vice Champion Olympic on 1500 meters Rome 1960, world record 2000 meters 1966
- Jean Claude Killy (skiing): Three - time Gold medal winner at the Olympic Winter Games Grenoble 1968, French CIO member and member of the Paris 2012 Founding Committee
- Jean-François Lamour (fencing), Double Olympic Champion with the saber Los Angeles 1984 and Seoul 1988 and member of the Paris 2012 Founding Committee
- Olivier Lenglet (fencing), Olympic Champion with the Epée team Seoul 1988
- Tony Parker (basketball), NBA champion with the San Antonio Spurs 2003 and 2005
- Marie-José Pérec (athletics), Three - time Olympic Champion Atlanta 1996 (200m and 400m) and Barcelona 1992 (400m)
- Marie-Claire Restoux (judo), Olympic Champion Atlanta 1996 and member of the Paris 2012 Founding Committee
- Thierry Rey (judo), Olympic Champion Moscow 1980
- Philippe Riboud (fencing), Double Olympic with the Epée team Moscow 1980 and Seoul 1988
- Jackson Richardson (handball), Bronze Medalist Barcelona 1992 and Double World Champion 1995 and 2001 with the French handball team
- Jean Christophe Rolland (rowing), Olympic Champion Sydney 2000
Between them, the sports members of the delegation share 43 Olympic and Paralympic titles of the French sports honorary book.
Just a few days before the vote that will decide the host city of the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, and through a broad and representative delegation of the entire French nation , Paris 2012 hopes to convince the Olympic Family that all of France , unanimously, is asking for the honour to organize the Games of the XXX Olympiad.