France Goes Back On EXPO 2025

UrBC, Moscow, January 23, 2018. France decided not to apply for the right to host the EXPO 2025 Exhibition, Rossiyskaya Gazeta refers to Le Journal du Dimanche as stating.

‘It is my decision not to support France as a possible exhibition host, so the application will be withdrawn,’ says a letter sent by Prime Minister Édouard Philippe to President of Expofrance 2025 Pascal Lamy.

Prime Minister Philippe pointed to ‘the project’s structurally weak economic concept’; he feels pursuing the application further would necessitate ‘state guarantees’.

The Prime Minister believes, however, that France cannot afford to assume any extra financial responsibilities to do with an exhibition, more so at the time when the government is making every effort to come up with a healthier budget. Philippe also commented on private companies being underrepresented in the project.

This means there are now three cities competing for the privilege of hosting EXPO 2025 now: Yekaterinburg (Russia), Osaka (Japan), and Baku (Azerbaijan).


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