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26 Jun 2003
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The IOC President in Paris

The IOC President Jacques Rogge yesterday concluded two busy days of official visits and media gatherings in Paris.

On Tuesday, the President met with French Prime Minister Jean-Pierre Raffarin in Matignon. He was accompanied by French IOC Members Guy Drut and Henry Serandour. When asked about Paris' chances to host the 2012 Olympic Games, the President pointed out that although the French capital had all the foundations in place for a strong bid, he expected the competition to be tough, as very high profile cities were also in the race. He then had lunch with French Sports Minister Jean-François Lamour before joining the Foreign Affairs Commission of the French Parliament chaired by Edouard Balladur for its afternoon Session. Accompanied by Guy Drut, the President was welcomed by French Parliament President Jean-Louis Debré. He then attended the award ceremony of the French Academy of Sports' Grand Prix 2002. At this occasion, world footballer of the year Ronaldo and British sailor Ellen MacArthur were honoured.

Yesterday, the President took part in a press conference organised by sports TV network Eurosport for the launch of their programming in the build-up to the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens. He shared the floor with ATHOC President Gianna Angelopoulos-Daskalaki, IAAF President Lamine Diack, French Sports Minister Jean-François Lamour, and took questions from the guests who had been invited to the event. The President was then expected at the Paris City Hall where he met with Paris Mayor Bertrand Delanoë before inaugurating the exhibition commemorating the 100 years of the Tour de France.
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