Golden bonuses and revolving doors: behind the scenes of the Paris Olympic Games bid


French President Emmanuel Macron on Friday held a party at the Elysée Palace to celebrate the International Olympic Committee’s announcement this week that Paris will host the 2024 summer Olympic Games for the first time in 100 years. But away from the celebrations at the Elysée, attended by former presidents François Hollande and Nicolas Sarkozy and Paris mayor Anne Hidalgo, questions are raised about the financial management of the “Paris 2024” entity that led the French campaign, and the golden bonus payments that its directors are now due to pocket. Antton Rouget reports on the business behind the bid.

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Inside the conference centre in the Peruvian capital Lima, there was jubilation among the French delegation, and notably tears of joy in the eyes of Paris mayor Anne Hidalgo, when the International Olympic Committee (IOC) on Wednesday approved the awarding of the 2024 summer Olympic Games to Paris, and those of 2028 to Los Angeles – the only two candidates for either. It will be the first time the French capital has hosted the summer Olympics in 100 years.