Prime Minister outlines next stages of France’s World Expo bid
Paris, 14 September 2016
The Prime Minister made a statement on France’s bid for World Expo 2025.
1 – France was a major player in the development of the universal exhibitions in the second half of the 19th century. It organized five, which leveraged its influence worldwide. Eighty years after hosting a universal exhibition in Paris, France must rediscover this vocation of hosting the world.
The World Expo 2025 bid will be for the whole of France. It will draw on the government’s efforts to promote Greater Paris. The capital’s region will have a modernized transport network in 2025, with the Greater Paris Express coming into service, among other things.
2 – The bid was initiated more than two years ago by the Association ExpoFrance 2025, led by the Mayor of Neuilly-sur-Seine. The President expressed his support for the initiative back in November 2014.
3 – Universal exhibitions are regulated by the Bureau international des expositions (BIE), whose 170 member states designate the host country. So only the state can apply to organize universal exhibitions. This is why Pascal Lamy was appointed interministerial delegate back in May 2015.
4 – Significant work has been done to create conditions favourable to the confirmation of France’s bid. All the local authorities – the City of Paris, the Ile-de-France region and the Greater Paris Metropolis met on 8 September and confirmed their unanimous support for the principle of the bid.
A Public Interest Grouping (GIP) bringing together the government and all the stakeholders will be set up, to enable the government to play its full role as sponsor of the bid while guaranteeing local stakeholders and businesses a role in managing the project.
5 – As the BIE must take its decision in the autumn of 2017, the GIP will have to be put in place quickly and make progress on several points in the coming months:
• defining a galvanizing theme;
• choosing a site for the exhibition and a layout consistent with the exhibition’s blueprint. The government will be mindful of the choice of the site, which will have to help promote the development of Ile-de-France as a whole and include the plans of other major cities;
• examining the economic model chosen in further detail.
A letter of intent from France could be presented in the very next few weeks to confirm the bid process. The World Expo 2025 bid, in synergy with the 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games bid, must allow France to carry a universal message. It will provide leverage for innovation and growth./.