POSTED: May 7th 2017

Paris 2024 celebrates newly elected President of France Emmanuel Macron

Emmanuel Macron and his wife Brigitte Trogneux cast their votes earlier today in Le Touquet © Getty Images
Emmanuel Macron and his wife Brigitte Trogneux cast their votes earlier today in Le Touquet © Getty Images

LAURA WALDEN (USA) / Sports Features Communications

(SFC) The Paris 2024 Olympic bid issued a statement tonight at the end of the French elections to congratulate Emmanuel Macron as the new leader of France. Macon was in a run off with Marine Le Pen in a hotly contested election and will be France's youngest president at 39 years of age.

Paris is competing against Los Angeles to host the summer Olympics and the IOC Evaluation Commission and IOC staff are all gearing up to visit both cities in the coming days - LA on May 10-12 and Paris 14-16.

Paris 2024 Bid Committee co-Chairs Tony Estanguet and Bernard Lapasset said: "On behalf of the entire Paris 2024 Bid Committee we would like to congratulate Emmanuel Macron on becoming the newly elected President of France.

"We know that our new President will be a great supporter of the Paris 2024 bid and play a key role in helping us secure the nation's ambition to host the 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games. He understands the power of sport and how the Games can be a force for real change and help build inspiration and inclusion. 

"The Paris 2024 team are looking forward to working with President Macron all the way to the IOC session in Lima, and beyond, to show the Olympic Family and the world why Paris would deliver the most incredible Games in 2024 full of passion and purpose."

The IOC is currently looking into possible awarding bot the 2024 and the 2028 Games during this election cycle. The final host will be declared in September in Lima, Peru.

**LAURA WALDEN has over twenty-six years of experience in the Olympic Movement, formerly at the European Olympic Committees with SportEurope under former IOC President Dr. Jacques Rogge and IOC Member Mario Pescante. She worked with the Rome 2004 and Turin 2006 Olympic bids and also managed PR & media for Dr. Jacques Rogge during his campaign for the presidency.

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