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Emmanuel Macron hails Los Angeles' decision as 'important step' towards Paris hosting 2024 Olympics

Paris: French President Emmanuel Macron on Tuesday hailed Los Angeles' announcement that it intends to host the 2028 Olympics as a "very important step" towards Paris hosting the 2024 edition.

(FILES) This file photo taken on May 15, 2017 shows the entrance of the Paris-Le Bourget Exhibition venue in Le Bourget as the IOC Evaluation Commission continues with its visit to Paris, before a vote for the 2024 Summer Olympics. Los Angeles has agreed terms with Olympic officials on a deal that will bring the Summer Games to Southern California in 2028 instead of 2024, city officials told AFP on July 31, 2017. The agreement opens the door for Paris, Los Angeles' only rival in bidding for 2024, to host the Games in seven years. The deal also will bring the Summer Olympics to Los Angeles for a third time, after the city staged the games in 1984 and 1932. / AFP PHOTO / FRANCK FIFE

Paris has previously hosted the Olympics in 1900 and 1924. AFP

"France notes the decision of Los Angeles to put forward its candidature for 2028 and to reach an agreement with the IOC and Paris," a statement from Macron's office said.

Macron spoke to International Olympic Committee chief Thomas Bach following Los Angeles' announcement on Monday and was "delighted by this very important step towards France obtaining the Games in 2024".

The statement added Macron was "very committed to helping our country's candidacy win" in a contest in which Paris is now the only candidate following Los Angeles' decision.

Both Paris and Los Angeles had wanted to host the 2024 Summer Olympics, with the winner to be officially named by the IOC on 13 September in the Peruvian capital Lima.

But the possibility that Los Angeles would abandon efforts to host the 2024 Games bid and instead accept to host in 2028 has been growing since the IOC decided in July that it would attempt to announce the host cities of both Games at the Lima meeting.

Paris had remained insistent on hosting in 2024, on the 100th anniversary of the city's 1924 Olympics.

Updated Date: Aug 01, 2017 16:49 PM

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