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The Paris bid appears to tick most of the IOC Evaluation Commission boxes on deliverability, legacy and regeneration.

The plan is based on two main clusters of venues and has most venues within 10 minutes of the Olympic village.

It also puts the most faith on temporary venues, conscious of the need not to leave behind unwanted facilities.

Like London, Paris is relying heavily on a mix of existing and temporary venues while using landmarks like the Eiffel Tower as backdrops for some events.

And Paris probably has the most robust, well maintained and highly developed urban, suburban and national transport network of any of the five candidate cities.

One negative could be the fact that the Stade de France, centrepiece for the 1998 World Cup finals, will be the main stadium site. It could be showing its age by then.

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