Wednesday, July 06, 2005

London wins bid for 2012 Olympics

London has won in what many will see a surprise victory. Some will say that President Chirac’s comments about British food and Mad Cow disease earlier in the week overshadowed the decision of the committee. The French newspaper Liberation on Tuesday quoted Chirac telling German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder and Russian President Vladimir Putin that only Finland had worse food than Britain.
"We can't trust people who have such bad food," Chirac was quoted as saying of the British. He reportedly added that mad cow disease was Britain's sole contribution to European agriculture.
The comments provoked outrage in the British press. "Don't talk crepe, Jacques!" said The Sun. This may have been a factor, but others will emphasize the strength of the British bid which swayed the vote.
[11:48 GMT 06/07/2005]

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