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Swimmers take the plunge in a Paris canal

Tuesday, July 18, 2017 - 01:14

As part of its bid for the 2024 Olympics, Paris cleans up its waterways. Angela Moore reports.

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In Paris, there is a new way to cool down from the hot, summer sun. Three, new swimming areas have opened in a canal in the east of the city. Although the water is green, it is safe. The city is using a filter system to clean the water and samples will be taken every three hours during the day to check the water quality. CIty officials hope the clean water initiative will help Paris land its bid to host the 2024 Olympic Games. SOUNDBITE: Jean-Francois Martins, Paris Deputy Mayor for Sport and Tourism, saying (French): "This allows us to apply the same methodology with the River Seine by 2024, so we can welcome both the Olympic triathlon in 2024 and, after that, Parisians swimmers, who will once again be able to use the Seine as a bathing area, as they used to at the beginning of the 20th century.'' SOUNDBITE: Marine, 16-year-old Parisian, saying (French): "It's really practical. It's a great initiative because it allows many people who don't go to the sea to make the most of the water and sun in Paris." Who needs the French Rivera, when you can stay in the city and make a splash in Paris.

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Swimmers take the plunge in a Paris canal

Tuesday, July 18, 2017 - 01:14