Paris 2024 officials took Thomas Bach to several key venue sites, including the Eiffel Tower ©Getty Images

Paris 2024 are seeking to make "the city the venue" for the Olympic Games by highlighting their compact plan and aim to engage the public with a series of live sites and cultural activities.

The bid team presented their vision to International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach today at the Cite du Cinema, a major European film industry hub and working studio in Saint-Denis that will serve as part of the Athletes’ Village should Paris be awarded the Olympic Games next year.

Bach was then joined by Paris 2024 officials in visiting several of the key venues in the Games plan, utilising different transport, from walking to cycling as the city sought to impress the ease in which spectators would be able to move from venue to venue.

Among the key venues visited by the delegation were Grand Palais, where 7,000 fans would watch fencing and taekwondo, and the Esplanade des Invalides, which would from the backdrop to archery competition.

The famous Champs Elysees was also visited, with Paris 2024 illustrating the road cycling races would incorporate the famous boulevard, which annually hosts the final stage of the Tour de France.

The Eiffel Tower, which was home to the largest fan park at this summer’s European Championship football tournament, would provide the backdrop to beach volleyball events, as well as being passed in the triathlon.

Paris 2024 were also keen to stress the River Seine, which will host the open water swimming and part of the triathlon, would be cleaned up as part of an initiative by Mayor Anne Hidalgo.

It has been aimed that the clean-up operation will be fully completed by 2022 or 2023, ahead of a potential test event, while it has been viewed as an opportunity to provide the public with further open space post the Games.

Paris 2024 were keen to stress the ease in which spectators would be able to travel from venue to venue ©Getty Images
Paris 2024 were keen to stress the ease in which spectators would be able to travel from venue to venue ©Getty Images

Paris 2024 co-bid leader Bernard Lapasset expressed his hope that the compact, city centre bid, would help the city to deliver a Games which allowed for large public engagement, as well as top class sporting action.

“This weekend we have illustrated our commitment to bidding for these Games with new ideas and fresh concepts, learning from the lessons of our past campaigns and setting a new bar in delivering a stunning Games in 2024,” he said.

“We have seen further evidence that sport, and especially Olympic sport, is in the DNA of Paris and France.

“We have highlighted our compact, city-centre Games plan, and we have seen first-hand the strong support for the bid among the athletes, the public and all levels of Government.

“I would like to thank President Bach for taking the time to visit Paris.

“It has been very useful to hear the President’s views and understand how our bid and the city can help to share the values of Olympism and the Olympic Movement globally amongst a new generation in line with key principles of Agenda 2020.”

Paris 2024 have suggested that the River Seine would as a Olympic Park style environment, with the closeness of venues allowing for fans to gather and engage with a series of live and cultural sites which have been proposed to be spread down the side of the river.

Hidalgo aimed to reflect this concept by taking the IOC President on the Nuit Blanche tour yesterday evening.

The annual cultural festival of arts, music and theatre featured a six kilometre walk through key landmarks in the capital city, including Notre Dame Cathedral and the Louvre.

The festival features several contemporary art works, which Paris 2024 hope will give a flavour to IOC President of what they aim to put in place should they be awarded the Games.

Budapest and Los Angeles are set to battle Paris for the right to host the Olympics and Paralympics in eight years’ time due to Rome’s bid faltering.

The Italian capital is expected to formally pull-out this week after failing to receive support from city Mayor Virginia Raggi.

The IOC is due to elect the host city for 2024 at its Session in Lima on September 13 next year.