PARIS (AP) -- Leaders of the Paris bid for the 2024 Olympics put on a show of unity at a festive meeting involving French Prime minister Manuel Valls and more than 150 athletes for the official launch of a crowdfunding campaign on Friday.
Titled "Je reve des Jeux," (I dream of the Games), the campaign is aimed at building popular adhesion to the bid as well as securing part of its 60 million euros ($67 million) budget. It includes the sale of 2-euro ($2.25) wristbands, donations and sponsoring through a system of text messages, sporting memorabilia auctions and a gala dinner.
The event, broadcast live on French television, reunited Olympians and politicians at the French Olympic Committee.
Valls said "there is no dream more beautiful" than the Olympics.
Paris last hosted the Olympics in 1924.