Statement by Jean-Yves Le Drian
I pay tribute to the efforts of Pascal Lamy, Chairman of the public interest grouping EXPOFRANCE 2025, Jean-Christophe Fromantin, Chairman of the EXPOFRANCE 2025 Committee, Anne Hidalgo, Mayor of Paris, Valérie Pécresse, President of the Île-de-France region, and Patrick Ollier, President of the Métropole du Grand Paris (Greater Paris Metropolitan Area), as well as all of the elected officials and stakeholders involved, to prepare Paris’s bid to host World Expo 2025. The bid was submitted on September 28 to the Bureau International des Expositions (BIE).
The Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs has supported this bid from the outset. I have asked the diplomatic network to continue to work to promote this project until the final vote to elect the host city takes place in November 2018.
The theme chosen for this expo is “Knowledge sharing and protection of the planet,” which reflects the priorities of our international action to protect the planet, while 2025 will coincide with the 10th anniversary of the Paris Climate Agreement.
We have strong arguments and undeniable strengths to support our bid to host this major event, which will further enhance our country’s appeal one year after hosting the Olympic Games in 2024. The goal is to attract 40 million tourists to visit this expo.