July 16, 2018

France pulls out of the running to host Expo 2025

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According to reports in the French news publication Le Journal du Dimanche, France has decided to withdraw its bid to host the World Expo in 2025. Le Journal du Dimanche reported that the French Prime minister Edouard Philippe has written to committee members stating costs were the main factor in France’s decision to withdraw from the bidding process.

Already hosting the 2023 Rugby World cup and the 2024 Olympics, the government expressed concerns over the Expo Committee’s prediction of over 30 million visitors over the course of the event and concluded that they could not afford to risk public funds.

France officially logged their bid to host the World Expo back in 2017 with the Bureau International des Expositions (BIE), the intergovernmental organisation that regulates all World Expos.  The 170 member states of the Bureau International des Expositions will elect the host country at their 164th General Assembly in November 2018.

News of this surprise turn will be encouraging for the remaining three candidates in the running to host the Expo in 2025  – Japan (Osaka), Russia (Ekaterinburg) and Azerbaijan (Baku).

World Expos are held in a new host country every five years with the next Expo being held in Dubai in 2020 and the last one being held in Milan in 2015 which saw of 20 million visitors over the six months.

With a history dating back over 160 years, World Expos are deeply linked to the industrial revolution. Inventions such as the telephone, the typewriter and the elevator, and the latest architectural technologies – in the form of the Eiffel Tower and the Statue of Liberty – were unveiled at Expos.

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