Eurosport - Fri, 26 Mar 17:18:00 2010
Almost 90 per cent of French citizens are in favour of Annecy's bid for the 2018 Winter Olympics, according to a new survey.
In a survey of 2000 people - 1000 of which are inhabitants across France, 500 of which live in the Rhone-Alps region and the other 500 in Annecy and the proposed Olympic sites, 88 per cent said they were in favour of the Games.
And 90 per cent also admit to seeing the positive effects of hosting the Olympic and Paralympic Games in France.
Edgar Grospiron, chief executive of Annecy 2018 said: "These results are very positive because they make a clear statement about France's support of Annecy 2018 and that the French population considers that the Olympic and Paralympic Games have a positive impact on the host country.
"This strong national support is very important because Annecy 2018 represents France in the eyes of the IOC in this international competition to win the 2018 Winter Olympics and Paralympics."
Nicolas Sarkozy, also showed his support in a recent letter addressed to Jacques Rogge, President of the International Olympic Committee.
In the letter, dated March 5, the French President confirmed his support and that of the entire Government, so that every effort should be put in place to make the Games the best celebration of sport ever offered to the world.
Should Annecy be successful it would be the third time the Winter Olympics has been held in France after Chamonix 1924 and Albertville 1992.
Annecy are battling with The Korean city of Pyeongchang as well as Munich, bidding to become the first city to host the Summer and Winter Olympics, to stage the 2018 Games.