France to bid for 2016 European championship

PARIS Tue Dec 11, 2007 1:30pm GMT

Bernard Laporte, France's sports minister, poses for photographers in his office at the Sport Ministry in Paris October 30, 2007. France plan to bid for the 2016 European football championship, Laporte said on Tuesday. REUTERS/Benoit Tessier

Bernard Laporte, France's sports minister, poses for photographers in his office at the Sport Ministry in Paris October 30, 2007. France plan to bid for the 2016 European football championship, Laporte said on Tuesday.

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PARIS (Reuters) - France plan to bid for the 2016 European football championship, Sports Minister Bernard Laporte said on Tuesday.

"We wish France to be a candidate," Laporte told French sports daily L'Equipe. "We want Euro 2016".

French Football Federation officials met Laporte last week to present a project.

"I told them that France would obviously support it," said Laporte, who coached the French rugby team and joined the government after this year's rugby World Cup in the country.

Laporte said France would submit its bid at the end of 2008 or early 2009.

France last staged the European championship finals in 1984, when they won the title. France also hosted the World Cup in 1998, which they won as well.

(Writing by Patrick Vignal, Editing by Alison Wildey)

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