The campaign to impose the Olympic Games upon Paris and the French taxpayer, rather than upon London and the British (and London – i.e. me) taxpayer, is lunging strongly towards the finishing tape:
. . . Mauritanian head of CONFEJES Youssouf Fall explained support for Paris’s candidacy by stressing “France’s important experience in organizing sports competitions, as well as Paris’s excellent quality infrastructure.” Paris’s official commission said in a press release, “This decision is a major international push for Paris’s candidacy, which is now guaranteed of strong support in the final vote on July 6 in Singapore.” The choice of the site of the Games is not voted on by the countries as such, but rather by the members of the IOC, who can vote as they wish. Nevertheless, . . .
That is the most eloquent “nevertheless” I have read recently.
. . . among the 39 countries that support Paris, there are many whose representatives have a vote, including Morocco, Canada, Egypt, Cameroon, Luxembourg, Switzerland, Guinea, and Tunisia, and the Paris 2012 committee stresses that “the Francophone community of Belgium and the Canadian provinces of Quebec and new Brunswich have also given their support.” Among other countries at the CONFEJES meeting were Benin, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cape Verde, Central African Republic, Comoros, Congo, Ivory Coast, Djibouti, Gabon, Guinea-Bissau, Greece, Haiti, Lebanon, Madagascar, Mali, Mauritius, Mauritania, Níger, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Rumania, Rwanda, Senegal, Seychelles, Chad, Togo, and Vietnam. In addition, French sports minister Jean-Francois Lamour stated yesterday that this vote shows “one additional proof of the support and determination Paris’s candidacy can count on. . . .
Allez France! Allez neo-colonialism!
And an interesting reminder, I think, of how different the world can look when viewed from somewhere . . . different.
My guess would be that all this talk of democracy that has been bubbling up in the world lately must be quite a nuisance to a number of the regimes listed there. Which might explain why France, despite being democratic itself, is not that keen on the idea spreading.