Chirac to defend Paris Olympics bid before IOC

23rd June 2005, Comments 0 comments

PARIS, June 23 (AFP) - French President Jacques Chirac will travel to Singapore on July 6 to defend Paris' bid to host the 2012 Olympic Games before the International Olympic Committee (IOC), a government spokesman said on Thursday.

PARIS, June 23 (AFP) - French President Jacques Chirac will travel to Singapore on July 6 to defend Paris' bid to host the 2012 Olympic Games before the International Olympic Committee (IOC), a government spokesman said on Thursday.

Given the time difference he will then return to Scotland for the G8 summit of world leaders which begins the same day.

"Despite his very tight schedule, notably the start of the G8 summit at 19:30, the French president considered that he should be present in Singapore to defend the interests of France during this presentation," a spokesman said.

The French capital -- which is competing against Madrid, Moscow, New York and London to host the 2012 Games -- is seen as the frontrunner.

British Prime Minister Tony Blair has already confirmed he will travel to Singapore to talk to IOC delegates on the eve of their vote but he will be unable to play any part in the actual presentation to IOC members on July 6 when the IOC makes its final decision.

The winning city is expected to be named at 19h30 local time (11:30 GMT).

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Subject: French news

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