Paris announces official bid for the 2024 Olympic Games

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Paris has officially announced its entrance to the race for the 2024 Olympic Games, joining Boston, Rome and Hamburg. France chose Tuesday to proclaim its bid as 23 June is the annual Olympic Day.

Nothing is set in stone yet but it already looks as if Paris has joined Boston as one of the frontrunners to host the 2024 Games.

The United States has not staged the summer Games since Atlanta hosted them in 1996. For Paris 2024 would be the centenary since the French capital hosted the Games.

President Hollande backs Paris 2024 Olympic bid
Today, on Olympic Day, the French President wants to pay tribute to the French sporting movement and the City of Paris, which have just announced Paris’s bid to host the 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

This is a major project stemming from a noble cause: the values of universality, equality and fraternity set out by Baron Pierre de Coubertin and upheld by the IOC. It is also a unique moment for a whole generation to come together and show the world what is best about France.

This bid will galvanize our country. Wanting the Games means wanting to share a great event. It means making it a reality together.

The state will do everything to support the sporting movement and this bid, which will be exemplary in environmental, economic and civic terms.

The President assures Bernard Lapasset [Chairman of Paris 2024] and the sporting movement of his full support


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Paris council gives its support for Olympic Games 2024 bid

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THE Paris council has voted in support of a bid by the French capital city for the Olympic Games in 2024.

More than 160 councillors supported the proposed bid that is still in the early stages, but that would see Paris go up against Hamburg, Boston and Rome who are the other cities to say they are set to bid for the competition.

France is broadly in favour of the Games being staged in Paris, although some have worried about the problems of pollution and the impact that the Olympics could have on day-to-day life.

But having seen London in 2012 host a successful competition, and losing out to the UK for that year's Games, Paris is increasingly keen to stage an Olympics to remeber.

Paris last hosted the Olympics in 1924 and mounted unsuccessful bids for the 1992, 2008 and 2012 Games and has until 15 September to put forward its bid.

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SNCF takes legal action after Paris - Roubaix riders slip under closing level crossing


FRENCH railway operator, SNCF, has said it will launch legal procedures after cyclist on the Paris - Roubaix cycle race dodged under a level crossing as a TGV approached.

In a statement SNCF said that millions of people saw the actions of the cyclists live on television which were irresponsible and highly dangerous.

TrainOrganisers of the Paris - Roubaix race did not blame the cyclists, saying that for many the barriers came down when they were too close to stop.

Although the video clip from Eurosport shows some cyclists close to the barriers, a number of others are almost at a standstill and rumble over the track, less than 10 seconds before the train passes.

"The peloton was 10 metres away when the barriers started to close," the commissaires announced in a statement after the race. "It wasn't possible for the riders in front to stop in a sufficiently safe manner. The second part of the peloton was stopped."

Race rules say that riders should not pass under the barriers and that they should wait, and on the day organisers slowed the cyclists down so that those who waited were able to catch them up.

The incident happened at the Wallers crossing in northern France.

Finally, to make its point SNCF said that 29 people had been killed at level crossings in France in 2014.

Update: The chief executive of SNCF, Guillaume Pepy, said he was very disappointed to see the cyclists go around the barriers.

He stressed that SNCF had spoke to thousands of school children about the dangers of railway crossings, and Guillaume Pepy thought that that work would prove more difficult if top level cyclists did not also understand the dangers and stop at the barriers.

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Cyclists on Paris - Roubaix race dodge under level crossing as TGV approaches


CRAZY scenes during the Paris - Roubaix cycle race today where a number of cyclists dodge under a railway level crossing as a TGV train approached.

As the barriers came down television cameras captured cyclists riding around the ends of the gates, while a gendarme moves to stop others just before the train passes through.

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The cycle rules state that riders should not pass under the barriers and that they should wait, with possible disqualification from the race for those who break the rules.

Ultimately, those who slipped under the barrier, some dodging the TGV by seconds, gained nothing as the organisers slowed them down so that those who waited were able to catch them up.

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Thierry Henry hangs up his boots, set to head back to London

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FRENCH footballing legend, Thierry Henry, has announced he is to hang up his boots and retire from professional football.

In a post on his Facebook page the former Arsenal and Barcelona star says that his 20 year career in football had been incredible and he thanked fans and team mates.

Earlier this month he announced he was leaving US team, the New York Red Bulls, and he has now revealed that he will be returning to London to take up a position with Sky Sports to 'share some of the insights, observations and experiences I have learnt over the years'.

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Female coach of French football team steps down on first day

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THE first female manager of a professional French men's football club, Helena Costa, has stepped down from the post before a ball was kicked in anger.

In a statement, Clermont Foot 63 said, that Helena Costa had 'decided not to honour her commitments' and that 'this decision was sudden and surprising'.

No reason behind the decision has been made, although following Costa's appointment in May many celebrated it as a watershed moment for women in football.

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France's star winger Ribery out of World Cup

France coach Didier Deschamps ruled star winger Franck Ribery out of the World Cup on Friday dealing a huge blow to France's hopes of winning in Brazil. A back problem, the latest in a series of injuries to hit the 31-year-old Bayern Munich forward'…

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Ribery in as Deschamps unveils France squad

Ribery in as Deschamps unveils France squad (via AFP)

Franck Ribery, fighting to shrug off a back injury, on Monday figured in coach Didier Deschamps' 23-player World Cup squad. Also included in the final Brazil-bound list submitted to FIFA was Stephane Ruffier, who stepped in last month for injured goalkeeper…

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Wilkinson drops out of rugby with fitting finale

Wilkinson drops out of rugby with fitting finale (via AFP)

Jonny Wilkinson brought the curtain down on a stunning career by scoring a trademark right-footed drop goal to help Toulon to their first Top 14 success in 22 years on Saturday. The build up to the match had been more about Wilkinson's last ever match…

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Woman football boss 'not afraid' of landmark challenge

French second division club Clermont on Wednesday named Portugal's Helena Costa as coach, making her the highest-level woman running a men's team in a major European championship.

Costa, 36, is known in her home country as "Mourinho in a skirt" and has established a reputation as coach of the women's national sides in Qatar and Iran.

She learned the managerial trade with Benfica in Portugal and has worked as a scout for top clubs like Scottish champions Celtic.

"This nomination will allow Clermont Foot 63 to enter a new era," said a club statement announcing the appointment.

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