Hollande hopes terrorism will be defeated by 2024 Olympics

The global terrorism risk will hopefully have reduced by the 2024 Olympics, French President Francois Hollande said Friday as he tried to dispel security concerns about France's bid to host the Games in Paris.

Promoting the Paris bid at the current Games in Rio de Janeiro, Hollande stressed that every country, not just France, faces the threat of violent extremism.

"We have to fight against terrorism, and that is exactly what we are doing right now," Hollande told reporters.

"In 2024, I certainly hope from the bottom of my heart that we will have won the fight," he added.

The city hosted the Olympics in 1900 and 1924 but failed with bids for 1992, 2008 and 2012.

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) is due to elect the 2024 host city in September of next year. Paris is competing with Rome, Los Angeles and Budapest to stage the world's biggest sporting event. The 2020 edition is in Tokyo.

In July, terrorists killed a total of 86 people in the French cities of Nice and Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray.

Last year, Paris experienced a massacre in November with 130 dead that was carried out by Islamic State extremists, as well as an Islamist attack and hostage-taking in January that claimed 17 innocent lives.

Hollande pointed out that no attacks had happened while France hosted the Euro football tournament in June and July.

The president added that "there are other kinds of violence that are totally different from terrorism. Some people say that they also have a huge impact during major world sports events."

Last update: Fri, 05/08/2016 - 20:40


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