Today it was announced that there were only five finalists to host the
Olympics in 2020. The five remaining cities are Sydney, Australia,
Boston Massachusetts in the U.S., Saigon in Vietnam, Paris, France, and
Santiago, Chile. Boston is reported to have the inside track. It is in
the largest media center and a lot of corporate money is riding on the
Celebrations abound in the French capital as news spread of the French
victory in the hunt to host the 2020 Olympics. Paris will be the site of
the Olympics in just eleven years time. Work is scheduled to begin on
renovating many of the stadiums and venues next year. Several of the old
sites are in such disrepair that they will have to be completely
President Francois Pompidou, grand son of George Pompidou called a
secret meeting of his cabinet at the Presidential Palace. Included at
the meeting was the Prime Minister, who is from the opposition party.
Since the President is a caretaker president it is rather unique to see
the Loyal Opposition invited to such a high level meeting. Speculation
on the content of this very hush hush meeting is everywhere. Our
correspondent has it on good authority that the subject of this get
together has something to do with the Euro and European monetary policy.
The question is now that the going is getting tough are the French going
to leave the common monetary system and go back to the French Franc?
(N.S.A. internal memo)
One of our men was able to get a glimpse of the document signed late
last night by Francois Pompidou. All he could tell us was that the
French President had signed the bill with a huge flourish, signing first
his name and then all across the document:«Pour la Gloire de la France »
Since the session was Top Secret and France is nominally an ally we are
badly placed to discover more on this meeting...
(CNN Business Today)
The French and German governments parted ways in the exploration of
space today. The Germans will stay in the ESA but the French officials
were apologetic but firm when they announced that they would be leaving
the European Space Agency. Several of the Space Agency's contracts are
currently being filled by French firms. Under existing agreements only
member states can bid for Agency contracts. Stocks of British Aerospace
and the German company DASK jumped in value by almost 5 percent.
The newly formed French National Space Agency unveiled an extensive plan
to explore the solar system. Perhaps the word that should be used to
describe this plan is grand. Not since the days of the Apollo space
program has such amounts of money been spent and from only one fairly
small nation at that. The centerpoint of this vast effort is a
scientific and mining expedition to the planet Jupiter and its moons.
More details on this enormous task will be issued in the following
The 2016 summer games are finally here and South Africa is a modern
showcase. I don't think that anyone can match the enthusiasm and sheer
exuberance that is being displayed here. Of course the 2020 games will
be in Paris so will have to wait four years to see if any one can top
this. Speaking of Paris, the French team is woefully understaffed. Most
of their team seems to be composed of has beens and neverwas. Where are
the young promising athletes ? This does not bode well for the host
country of the next Olympic games. Looking at the 100 meters relay the
Canadian team ...
Discoveries on the composition of the Jovian atmosphere have come fast
and furious since the French floating laboratories were set down in the
upper reaches of the atmosphere of Jupiter. Speculation and new theories
on the interior of the planet are published daily. Even more surprising
is the huge amount of astronomical data being recorded in both radio and
the visual spectrum from the Jovian system. The French are really on the
cutting edge of science now. Their gamble of spending so much money on
space seems to be paying off...
(A CNN Live event)
Today marks the opening ceremonies at the Parisian Olympics. A gigantic
parade down the Champs Elysee is scheduled to begin in one hour. We will
be covering it live with cameramen stationed along the route. Now we are
going to be talking to Peter Glint at the Arc de Triumph. Peter can you
hear us ? Peter...
(Sky News Sports Gold)
The first heat of the 100 meters is going to be a dandy. First we have
the world recorder holder Jamal Wilkens from the USA in lane four. Next
to him is the Jamaican runner Bob Marlow Smith who beat Wilkens in the
Pan American games. Finally there is the Russian Ivan Yuknanavic who has
been unbeatable on the indoor circuit this year. Since there will only
be three runners who will go on from this heat to compete in later
rounds you have to feel bad for the French runners who drew this heat. I
am sure that they wanted to look good in front of their home fans .
They will be cruelly disappointed. To be honest, no one has ever heard
of the French athletes before today. I mean Bernard Amade and J.J.
Giradot are exactly not household names.
Ladies and gentlemen the runners are in the blocks. The gun is about to
sound... and they're off. Folks, I have never seen anyone fly out of the
blocks like these two French runners. It's impossible, they are almost a
full two meters ahead of the pack and gaining ground. Talk about an
explosive start. They have such a strange gait as well. It is as if they
were bounding like kangaroos. They are around the turn and coming in to
the home stretch. They are ahead of the world record by almost two
seconds ! We are watching sporting history ! Unbelievable ! The two
French runners have shaved a second and a half off the world record. I
sorry to say this on TV but I am sure we witnessed an act of illegal
drug use. No one could run like that and be unknowns. I am positive that
these results will have to wait until after the drug tests.
The opening round of the basketball tourney begins tonight with the
United State's MacDonald Coca Cola Nightmare squad is squaring off
against the host team the French.
Yes, Bert the Team USA is a nightmare for any team that has to play
them. They've got three talented big men each over seven feet. They've
got the most talented guards in the universe and they have Michael
Jordan for a coach. What more could you ask for.
Al, the French team just doesn't measure up. Their tallest player is
just 6 foot five inches. They've got heart and home field advantage but
frankly they will be lucky to break fifty points against the MacDonald
Coca Cola Nightmares.
Bert, will you look at that to take the opening tip off the French are
putting Mohammed Allouche. The stat sheet has him listed at six one but
he can't be any where near that tall. He going up against Scotty Bird
the 7 foot 4 inch center for the Orlando Magic. This is going to be a
slaughter. I don't wann watch.
Al, did you see that? Allouche out jumped Bird! He didn't tap the ball.
I swear that he caught the ball at mid chest. How could any one jump so
high? The ball is down court to Herve Lamure.
Bert do you believe that shot? Lamure left the foul line and soared for
an incredible dunk. His waist was level with the basket.
Al this is shaping up to one hell of a game. I would have said that this
(Women's World of Sports)
Lucee, the Olympic Village is all a buzz with the news of the French
success here at the games.
That's right Betsy every time a French man or woman is entered in an
event it seems they have a chance to win the gold. Not even the US or
the old Soviet Bloc in its heyday could equal what has been happening
Lucee, any clue as to how the French are doing it.
Not the slightest indication Betsy. Drugs have all but been ruled out
and the French officials are indignant that they were even considered.
Lucee, who have we got on the card tonight?
Betsy, women's wrestling has come a long way since the beginning of the
sport. Tonight there are athletes from every continent except Anarctica.
Normally, we start with the flyweights but tonight wrestling match
begins with the 100 kilo class.
Those are the big girls.
Betsy usually you're right but look at the size of the French wrestler.
what is her name?
Thanks, Betsy she can't weigh more than fifty kilos what is she doing in
there with that Chinese heavyweight?
Lucee the 100 kilo class is often called the cruiser class and these
girls are all muscle. I know the French have had success in these games
but they can't win a medal with a weight differential like this.
Betsy while the girls are warming up let's take about Lin Mae the
Chinese wrestler. She won bronze in the Pan Asian games and last winter
a silver medal in the Nordic Countries' Invitational.
Lucee, Lin Mae is a competitor. She is simply too experience and too
strong for this pretty French wrestler. Well they are about to start.
The women are grappling and that's not really good technique but
Bich-Lien has somehow thrown her opponent to the floor. What is she
Lucee, Ms Doan has picked up Lin Mae from the floor and is twirling her
above her head. I have never seen such an awesome display of raw
(Science and Technology Week)
The French announced that they will be opening up research posts for
non-French nationals in their prestigious space agency. Preferential
treatment is to be accorded to European applicants first.
No cameras film high above the planet Jupiter. There are no newsman
covering the story. But if there were, they would see a colossal
dirigible the size of a small city floating majestically in the upper
reaches of the Jovian atmosphere.
On the sides of this impressive airship are written in large letters:
Navire Francais de Recherche et d'Exploration
But that isn't the most interesting thing. Beneath words that basically
say French research and exploration ship is an Olympic logo and next to
the five multicolored rings are the words:
Centre Francais d'Entrainement Olympique
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