France is still considering a Paris bid for the 2024 Olympic Games, despite Prime Minister Manuel Valls’ recent endorsement for Paris to host the 2025 World Expo, according to The Associated Press.
French officials said that Valls’ support for holding the World Expo in Paris does not preclude an Olympics bid. Hosting both events would require immense funding, but Bernard Lapasset, the head of the French Committee for International Sport, cited Japan as a successful example.
"We'll obviously need to be careful with the finances, but look what happened with Japan," Lapasset said. "They won the rights to host the rugby World Cup in 2019 and the 2020 Olympics."
Bidding for the 2024 Games will begin in 2015, and the winning city will be announced in 2017. Other potential bids include cities in the United States, Germany and South Africa.
Paris last hosted the Summer Olympics in 1924 and recently lost bids for the 2008 and 2012 Olympics.
- Danielle Zhu