- The Washington Times - Wednesday, March 18, 2009

PARIS (AP) - France’s Olympic committee has chosen the Alpine city of Annecy to bid for the 2018 Winter Games.

The head of the French Olympic committee, Henri Serandour, says Annecy was chosen over Grenoble and Nice.

Serandour announced the decision at a news conference in Paris on Wednesday.

Annecy has enjoyed large popular support as a potential Olympic city.

Bids must be supported by national Olympic bodies in order to be accepted by the IOC, which will pick the 2018 venue in 2011.

Cities in South Korea, Germany, Norway and perhaps the United States are also expected to bid.

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