Paris 2024

Scandal of racist and sexist language used at organisation delivering Paris Olympics

France — Investigation

An investigation by Mediapart has revealed a pattern of anti-Roma insults, sexist behaviour and prejudice towards residents of a high-immigration area among certain staff at an organisation helping to deliver the 2024 Paris Olympic Games. After Mediapart raised the issue with management three employees at SOLIDEO – the body overseeing construction of the Games infrastructure - have been suspended and an internal inquiry has been established. Previous attempts to raise the issue internally, including the referral of complaints to the office of Paris mayor Anne Hidalgo,  apparently had little effect. Jade Lindgaard and Antton Rouget report.

The air pollution threat posed by Paris's 2024 Olympic Games preparations

France — Investigation

In readiness for the 2024 Olympic Games in Paris the authorities are building a new motorway junction to service the Olympic Village for athletes. However, this busy junction at Saint-Denis, north of Paris, is close to a school complex for 700 pupils. French administrative courts have just approved the project, despite the fact that, as documents seen by Mediapart show, the junction is likely to worsen air pollution in the area. Opponents meanwhile point to anti-pollution measures taken outside schools in the centre of the capital and claim that pupils in the city's rundown suburbs are being discriminated against. Jade Lindgaard reports.

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

France — Investigation

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.

Will Paris pay a steep price for hosting 2024 Olympics?

France — Chronicle

An agreement struck between Los Angeles and the International Olympic Committee (IOC) over 2028 has left the way open for Paris to be the host nation for the 2024 Games. While rival cities have pulled out of the race for budgetary reasons, officials behind the French bid insist they will keep to their budget of 6.6 billion euros. But as Antton Rouget reports, there are nonetheless real risks of an overspend, especially on security.

IOC hails Paris 2024 Olympics project as 'exceptional'

International — Link

A delegation from the International Olympics Committee, currently in Paris to evaluate the city's candidature to host the 2024 Olympics after an earlier visit to its only rival, Los Angeles, said the French capital's project was 'an exceptional and well-detailed bid presentation'.

French PM commits billion euros to 2024 Olympic bid

France — Link

Manuel Valls said the money would be used to finance infrastucture and long-term construction which would be 'useful' to the population.

France can provide safe Olympic Games in 2024, says Hollande

France — Link

France has hosted Euro 2016 and 40 world and European championships in recent years, French president told IOC boss at the Elysée Palace.