'C'est Pas Possible'

The military band was there; the stage lights flashed on and off in a celebratory rehearsal and the giant screens set up in front of Paris City Hall captured a swelling crowd of thousands. Every speculative mention of France winning its bid for the 2012 Games elicited a "Pah-rree!"--clap-clap-clap. And every live satellite shot of the rival British crowd gathered in Trafalgar Square, 220 miles north, drew cheerful booing. All that was left, hoped French personalities paraded via the screens,...
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