Paris mayor backs 2024 Olympic bid


The mayor of Paris, Anne Hidalgo, has given her backing to a possible bid for the Olympic Games in 2024.

Paris lost out to London in the race to host the 2012 Games and Hidalgo had initially asked for more time to weigh up a potential bid after president Francois Hollande had given his blessing back in November.

However, after being provided by a report put together by officials in France, Hidalgo is in favour of staging the sporting showpiece.

"These very useful exchanges confirmed it makes sense for Paris to bid for this unique sporting event," she said.

Paris already has top-quality sporting venues in place - including the Stade de France and Roland Garros.

The French capital last held the Games back in 1924.

Hidalgo is set to put the decision to a vote with the Paris city council next month, before the September deadline for bids to be submitted to the International Olympic Committee.