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Paris 1924 saved the Olympics, will Paris 2024 succeed?


In 1924, Paris hosted the sixth and final Olympics chaired by Baron de Coubertin, founder of the modern version of the Games. He had good reason to be happy with himself. The French government had enthusiastically supported the project, granting it a budget of 20 million francs and a new stadium. As for the Olympic symbols and rituals – the parade of nations, the flag representing five rings of different colors, the Olympic oath pronounced during the opening ceremony, the gold, silver and bronze medals – they were entered into practice.

The Games remained the preserve of amateur athletes and gentlemen – aristocrats, students and military officers – who demonstrated in sport the virile and moral virtues dear to Coubertin.

And that was precisely the problem. During the Antwerp Games in 1920, the public shunned the exploits of this sporting elite. The exclusion of women had given rise to a completely new initiative which, since 1921, had organized its women’s Olympic Games every year. The workers’ sports movement, with 4 million members in the industrialized world, launched its first workers’ Olympic Games in Frankfurt in 1925, attracting 250,000 participants. As for professional sports – baseball, boxing, cycling and football –,

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The Observer (London)

The oldest Sunday newspaper (1791) is also one of the flagships of “British quality”. Since 1993 it has belonged to the same group as the daily The Guardian, after briefly passing under the American flag. Humanist and pro-European, the weekly finds favor in the eyes of Labor voters, particularly among the upper middle class.

Like all British Sunday newspapers, The Observer is full of supplements (Sport, Money, Travel, Leisure, etc.) and therefore weighs very heavy. The newspaper is renowned for its long, in-depth and serious investigations. Its coverage of international news also makes it one of the most comprehensive across the Channel, and probably the most read outside the borders of the United Kingdom.

The website of The Observershared with The Guardian, is undoubtedly one of the most comprehensive sites in the British press. It is completely free.

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