Mayor Karen Bass, Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo and LA84 President and CEO Renata Simril. (Courtesy photo)


Last week, Mayor Karen Bass led a delegation to Paris, the 2024 host of the Olympic and Paralympic games. The purpose of the visit was to learn best practices and develop business partnerships in preparation for the 2028 Olympic and Paralympic Games in Los Angeles.

During the three-day trip from March 7 through 9, Mayor Bass and her team focused on how Paris’s Olympic strategy is incorporating innovative housing ideas and green transportation and infrastructure projects.

“As we continue our delegation to prepare for the Olympics, it is critical that we are keeping in mind how best to serve our most vulnerable

populations in Los Angeles,” said Bass, who has made solving her city’s homelessness crisis her top priority.  

Bass also stressed that business growth will be a key component of Los

Angeles’ Olympic strategy. To that end, she and her delegation visited Business France, the French national agency charged with promoting international economic development. There, she met with over twenty business leaders to explore opportunities for business growth in the leadup to the 2024 and 2028 games.

Mayor Bass and Saint-Ouen-sur-Seine Mayor Karim Bouamrane sign an agreement to collaborate on shared learnings and priorities (Courtesy photo)

“The City of Los Angeles must be prepared to host the Olympic and Paralympic Games. This trip is vital to that preparation while generating business development and learning from innovative housing, green transportation and infrastructure projects,” Bass said in a statement.

Bass also had meetings with the American Ambassador to France and Monaco, Denise Campbell Bauer, as well as French business and political leaders, including Paris Mayor Anne Hildalgo, the first woman to hold the office.

Hidalgo held a one-on-one meeting with the Los Angeles Mayor. On the second day of the trip, Hidlago also hosted an International Women’s Day panel discussion with Bass, Amsterdam Mayor Femke Halsema, Mauritanian Political Leader Fatimatou Abdel Malick and Mongolian Foreign Minister Battestseg Batmunkh.

On her first day in Paris, Bass received a briefing from United States

Deputy Chief of Mission David R. McCawley and the Attaché of the 2024 Olympics and Paralympic Games on political, economic, safety and consular affairs.

Bass also toured a women’s shelter where thirty women are housed.

At a reception held at the U.S Ambassador’s residence, the Los Angeles officials were joined by representatives from Warner Brothers Discovery, the owner of European broadcast rights for the 2024 Olympics, along with athletes, French business and government leaders, and other guests from across Europe.

On March 9, Bass signed an agreement with the city of Saint-Ouen-sur-Seine, a Paris suburb and location of the Olympic and Paralympic Athlete Village for the Paris Games.

According to Bass’ office, the partnership will focus on “shared priorities for youth, the environment, sports, and culture and to share knowledge from the 2024 Games in Paris in order to adequately prepare.”

During her visit to Saint-Ouen-sur-Seine, Bass toured the Olympic Village, which is located next to a highway. To combat pollution, developers have installed massive outdoor air purifiers around the complex. The delegation also visited Adidas Stadium, an arena slated to host some Olympic events, and a Westfield shopping mall complex.

Bass and her delegation returned to L.A. on March 10. Members of the delegation included City Council President Paul Krekorian, Councilmember Traci Park, Councilmember Katy Yaroslavsky, LA Metro CEO Stephanie Wiggins, among other “City of Angels” leaders.