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Tuesday 25 April 2017

French language groups protest over Olympic bid slogan in English

The International Olympic Committee will choose in September whether to host the games in Paris, Budapest or Los Angeles
The International Olympic Committee will choose in September whether to host the games in Paris, Budapest or Los Angeles

Groups defending the French language have lodged legal protests over the English-only slogan used for Paris's 2024 Olympic bid.

Lawyer Emmanuel Ludot said he has submitted a request with the government's rights defence authority to suspend use of the slogan "Made for Sharing".

He also submitted a warning to the bid committee that the slogan could violate a law on protecting the French language.

Mr Ludot said the language groups want the slogan to be in both French and English, or in French only.

He added: "We want them to communicate in the language that is ours."

The International Olympic Committee will choose in September whether to host the games in Paris, Budapest or Los Angeles.

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