At a hearing in Lausanne on Tuesday, the International Olympic Committee picked Paris and Los Angeles to host the 2024 and 2028 Summer Games.
Paris was considered the favourite for the 2024 games, having failed three bids since 1992.
Both bids had strong backing from local government, that is, Mayor Eric Garcetti and Ann Hidalgo of Paris. The French pitch focuses on cost-effective and environmentally friendly games, with only a small number new venues and a budget no bigger than €6bn.
However, only 60% of the French welcome the prospect of the Olympic Games. An open letter signed by a number of personalities and published by the Libération on Tuesday called on France to drop its bid, mainly due to the cost of the Games and its effect on the environment.
Both cities used video presentations to pitch their candidacy, followed by speeches. The French pitch included the endorsement of French President Emmanuel Macron.