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CNN —The mayor of Paris told French radio on Wednesday that she would swim in the city’s River Seine next week, in a bid to show its suitability for the Olympics despite ongoing cleanliness concerns. However, despite a 1.4 billion Euro (1.5 billion USD) clean-up plan, concerns remain over the river’s suitability for swimming events. Mayor Hidalgo – one of the main faces behind the organization of the Paris Olympics – had previously said she would swim in the Seine but postponed the dip following the dissolution of the National Assembly by French President Emmanuel Macron. Macron, who also said he would swim in the Seine, has yet to announce a date. The Opening Ceremony of the Paris Olympics is set to take place on the Seine on July 26 if currents are not too strong.
Persons: Mayor Anne Hidalgo, that’s, Mayor Hidalgo –, Paris Olympics –, Emmanuel Macron, Macron, Marc Guillaume Organizations: CNN, Paris, Mayor, France Inter, Paris Olympics, National Assembly Locations: Seine, Paris
The Seine River is too polluted for swimming events at the Paris Olympics, city officials said. Paris invested $1.5 billion to clean the Seine, but heavy rainfall increased pollution levels. download the app Email address Sign up By clicking “Sign Up”, you accept our Terms of Service and Privacy Policy . AdvertisementDespite a massive cleanup effort, Paris' Seine River remains too polluted to host swimming events for the upcoming Olympic Games, city officials have said. "Samples from the Seine do not meet the standards we will have this summer," Paris region official Marc Guillaume added on Friday.
Persons: , Marc Guillaume Organizations: Paris, Service, AFP, Business Locations: Paris, Seine
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