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Hollande visits Olympic Park in Rio

Thursday, August 04, 2016 - 01:23

French President Francois Hollande takes a tour of Rio de Janeiro's Olympic Park and meets members of France's swimming team a day before the opening ceremony. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

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ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: Francois Hollande visited Rio de Janeiro's Olympic Park on Thursday and had a look at the Aquatics Stadium. The French president met members of the French swimming team and also posed for photographs in front of the Olympic rings. Hollande, whose country is bidding to host the 2024 Olympics in Paris, is expected to attend Friday night's opening ceremony. He is only one of 28 heads of state and government who have confirmed their attendance at the Olympics, which is far fewer than the 50 expected by organisers last week, Brazilian government sources told Reuters on Wednesday. Hollande is one of only three European heads of state who have confirmed their attendance along with Germany and Portugal. With Brazil's President Dilma Rousseff suspended from office pending her trial in the Senate on charges of breaking budget rules, there have been no requests so far for bilateral meetings with interim President Michel Temer in Rio, the sources said. Among fellow Latin American countries, only the presidents of Argentina and Paraguay have confirmed their presence at the games, which run from August 5-21. China is sending its vice premier, despite its close trading relationship with Brazil, three sources said. The U.S. delegation will be led by Secretary of State John Kerry, who is due to have a bilateral meeting with his Brazilian counterpart Jose Serra. Temer, the former vice-president, told reporters in a recent interview that he intended to keep a low international profile until the conclusion of Rousseff's trial at the end of August following the conclusion of the Olympics.

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Hollande visits Olympic Park in Rio

Thursday, August 04, 2016 - 01:23