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September 17, 2017

In 2024, the Summer Olympic Games will take place in Paris, the third time that city will have been host. When that happens, Paris will match London for the most times being a host. Paris was host in 1900 and 1924; London was host in 1908, 1948, and 2012.

Paris had put in bids three times in the past 25 years: 1992, 2008, and 2012. The headline in France's main daily sports paper, L'Equipe, was ENFIN, which means "finally."

Among the highlights already announced are that the Beach Volleyball events will take place underneath the Eiffel Tower. The slogan for the Games will be "Made for Sharing."

Organizers of the French bid asserted that it was their sense of unity that helped persuade the Olympic Committee to award Paris the 2024 Olympic Games. The current President, Emmanual Macron, has political differences with Paris's mayor, Anne Hidalgo; yet the two worked hand-in-hand, along with former President Francois Hollande, to win the Games.

Hidalgo, mayor since 2014, put the spotlight on her initiatives to make the city and the Games more environmentally friendly; the aquatics center, for example, will become a city pool once the Olympics have finished. The giant Stade de France, which was built for the 1998 Soccer World Cup, will serve as the main Olympic Statdium. As well, some large parts of the Olympics construction will be done in Seine-Saint-Denis, one of the city's poorer suburbs, following the model of the 2012 London Olympics, which built in the suburb of Stratford, which is now a moden of urban renewal.

The 2024 Olympics will run August 2-18; the Paralympics will run September 4-15.

Also bidding for the 2024 Olympics was Los Angeles, which was awarded the 2028 Games.

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