France has confirmed its intentions to bid for the 2018 Olympic Winter Games. The French Olympic Committee informed last Wednesday that it will put forward one of three interested cities: Annecy, Nice and Grenoble, the latter having hosted the Games in 1968. The selection is expected to take place in March.
In addition to Grenoble 1968, France has staged the Olympic Winter Games previously in 1924 in Chamonix – the inaugural edition of the winter games – and in 1992 in Albertville. Paris was beaten in its bid for the 1992, 2008 and 2012 Summer Games by Barcelona, Beijing and London, respectively.
The IOC will begin the application process for 2018 after the campaign for the 2016 Summer Olympics ends next year. The IOC vote for the 2018 Olympic Winter Games is set for 2011 at the IOC Session in Durban (RSA).