Paris turns into Olympic park as part of push to host 2024 Games

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A gymnast performs on a trampoline at the Petit Palais in Paris, France, June 23, 2017 as Paris transforms into a giant Olympic park to celebrate International Olympic Days with a variety of sporting events for the public across the city during two days as the city bids to host the 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games. REUTERS/Jean-Paul Pelissier
A BMX rider performs in the air in front of the Petit Palais in Paris, France, June 23, 2017 as Paris transforms into a giant Olympic park to celebrate International Olympic Days with a variety of sporting events for the public across the city during two days as the city bids to host the 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games. REUTERS/Jean-Paul Pelissier
A gymnast performs on a trampoline at the Petit Palais in Paris, France, June 23, 2017 as Paris transforms into a giant Olympic park to celebrate International Olympic Days with a variety of sporting events for the public across the city during two days as the city bids to host the 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games. REUTERS/Jean-Paul Pelissier
People play wheelchair basketball quai Branly in Paris on June 23, 2017, during an event to promote the candidacy of the city of Paris for the Summer Olympics Games in 2024. / AFP PHOTO / JACQUES DEMARTHON (Photo credit should read JACQUES DEMARTHON/AFP/Getty Images)
People paly volleyball on the esplanade des Invalides in Paris on June 23, 2017, during an event to promote the candidacy of the city of Paris for the Summer Olympics Games in 2024. / AFP PHOTO / JACQUES DEMARTHON (Photo credit should read JACQUES DEMARTHON/AFP/Getty Images)
A diver jumps into the River Seine with the Montparnasse tower in the background in Paris, France, June 23, 2017 as Paris transforms into a giant Olympic park to celebrate International Olympic Days with a variety of sporting events for the public across the city during two days as the city bids to host the 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games. REUTERS/Jean-Paul Pelissier
The logo of the Paris candidacy for the 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games is seen on the Montparnasse tower in Paris, France, June 23, 2017 as Paris transforms into a giant Olympic park to celebrate International Olympic Days with a variety of sporting events for the public across the city during two days as the city bids to host the 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games. REUTERS/Charles Platiau
Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo (L) and the co-president of the Paris bid for the 2024 Olympics Tony Estanguet (hidden) sail on the Seine river in Paris, France, June 23, 2017. Paris is transformed into a giant Olympic park to celebrate International Olympic Days with a variety of sporting events for the public across the city during two days as the city bids to host the 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games. REUTERS/Martin Bureau/Pool
Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo (2ndL) and the co-president of the Paris bid for the 2024 Olympics Tony Estanguet (L) sail on the Seine river in Paris, France, June 23, 2017. Paris is transformed into a giant Olympic park to celebrate International Olympic Days with a variety of sporting events for the public across the city during two days as the city bids to host the 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games. REUTERS/Martin Bureau/Pool
Runners compete on an athletics track that floats on the River Seine, in Paris, France, June 23, 2017 as Paris is transformed into a giant Olympic park to celebrate International Olympic Days with a variety of sporting events for the public across the city during two days as the city bids to host the 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games. REUTERS/Charles Platiau
A general view shows an athletics track on the River Seine from the Pont Alexandre III bridge in Paris, France, June 23, 2017 as Paris transforms into a giant Olympic park to celebrate International Olympic Days with a variety of sporting events for the public across the city during two days as the city bids to host the 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games. REUTERS/Jean-Paul Pelissier
Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo (L) and the co-president of the Paris bid for the 2024 Olympics Tony Estanguet (R) sail on the Seine river in Paris, France, June 23, 2017. Paris is transformed into a giant Olympic park to celebrate International Olympic Days with a variety of sporting events for the public across the city during two days as the city bids to host the 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games. REUTERS/Martin Bureau/Pool
Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo (3rdL) and former Olympic champion Guy Drut (R) pose with French athletes and members of the CNOSF on an athletics track installed on the River Seine in Paris, France, June 23, 2017 as Paris transforms into a giant Olympic park to celebrate International Olympic Days with a variety of sporting events for the public across the city during two days as the city bids to host the 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games. At L President of the French National Olympic and Sports Committee (CNOSF) Denis Masseglia, Tony Estanguet (5thL), co-president of the Paris candicacy for the 2024 Olympics, French Sports minister Laura Flessel (C), Ile de France region President Valerie Pecresse (6thR), Bernard Lapasset (R), co-president of the Paris candicacy for the 2024 Olympics, and President of the French Paralympic Committee Emmanuelle Assman (C front). REUTERS/Charles Platiau
Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo (L) and former Olympic champion Guy Drut give the start for a 100m race by French athletes on an athletics track installed on the River Seine in Paris, France, June 23, 2017 as Paris transforms into a giant Olympic park to celebrate International Olympic Days with a variety of sporting events for the public across the city during two days as the city bids to host the 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games. REUTERS/Jean-Paul Pelissier
Children take the start in a 100m race on an athletics track installed on the River Seine in Paris, France, June 23, 2017 as Paris transforms into a giant Olympic park to celebrate International Olympic Days with a variety of sporting events for the public across the city during two days as the city bids to host the 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games. REUTERS/Jean-Paul Pelissier
Cyrille Oumedjkane from France dives near the Alexander III bridge on the Seine river in Paris on June 23, 2017, during an event to promote the candidacy of the city of Paris for the Summer Olympics Games in 2024. / AFP PHOTO / JACQUES DEMARTHON (Photo credit should read JACQUES DEMARTHON/AFP/Getty Images)
A man jumps from the Alexander III Bridge to plunge into the Seine River in Paris on June 23, 2017, during an event to promote the candidacy of the city of Paris for the Summer Olympics Games in 2024. / AFP PHOTO / GEOFFROY VAN DER HASSELT (Photo credit should read GEOFFROY VAN DER HASSELT/AFP/Getty Images)
A man jumps from the Alexander III Bridge to plunge into the Seine River in Paris on June 23, 2017, during an event to promote the candidacy of the city of Paris for the Summer Olympics Games in 2024. / AFP PHOTO / GEOFFROY VAN DER HASSELT (Photo credit should read GEOFFROY VAN DER HASSELT/AFP/Getty Images)
Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo (bottom) sails with the co-president of the Paris bid for the 2024 Olympics Tony Estanguet (up) on the Seine river in Paris on June 23, 2017, in a bid to promote the candidacy of the city of Paris for the Summer Olympics Games in 2024. / AFP PHOTO / GEOFFROY VAN DER HASSELT (Photo credit should read GEOFFROY VAN DER HASSELT/AFP/Getty Images)
Police officers patrol on the River Seine in Paris, on June 23, 2017, during an event to promote the candidacy of the city of Paris for the Summer Olympics Games in 2024. / AFP PHOTO / GEOFFROY VAN DER HASSELT (Photo credit should read GEOFFROY VAN DER HASSELT/AFP/Getty Images)
Police officers patrol on a bridge while people sail on the Seine river in Paris on June 23, 2017, during an event to promote the candidacy of the city of Paris for the Summer Olympics Games in 2024. / AFP PHOTO / GEOFFROY VAN DER HASSELT (Photo credit should read GEOFFROY VAN DER HASSELT/AFP/Getty Images)
People sail on the Seine river in Paris on June 23, 2017, in a bid to promote the candidacy of the city of Paris for the Summer Olympics Games in 2024. / AFP PHOTO / GEOFFROY VAN DER HASSELT (Photo credit should read GEOFFROY VAN DER HASSELT/AFP/Getty Images)
Olympic champions Teddy Riner and Marie-Jose Perec react on an athletics track installed on the River Seine in Paris, France, June 23, 2017 as Paris transforms into a giant Olympic park to celebrate International Olympic Days with a variety of sporting events for the public across the city during two days as the city bids to host the 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games. REUTERS/Jean-Paul Pelissier
(L-R) President of the French National Olympic and Sports Committee (CNOSF) Denis Masseglia, Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo, Olynpic champion Marie-Jose Perec, and Tony Estanguet, co-president of the Paris candicacy for the 2024 Olympics, pose on an athletics track installed on the River Seine in Paris, France, June 23, 2017 as Paris transforms into a giant Olympic park to celebrate International Olympic Days with a variety of sporting events for the public across the city during two days as the city bids to host the 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games. REUTERS/Jean-Paul Pelissier
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PARIS, June 23 (Reuters) - A diver plunged into the Seine while the mayor of Paris took to the river in a kayak, as the French capital transformed itself on Friday into a giant Olympic park as part of its final push to win the rights to host the 2024 Games.

Paris and U.S. rival Los Angeles are the only two cities bidding to stage the 2024 Olympics, and the French capital is running a series of events over the weekend to promote its credentials.

Canoes and kayaks filled the Seine just outside Notre Dame cathedral, while the diver jumped into the river from one of the city's bridges.

"This is a great opportunity for us to give a taster of what the Games will be like here in 2024," said former Olympic gold medal canoeist Tony Estanguet, who is leading Paris' bid to host the event.

Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo also turned up alongside Estanguet, with the two of them taking to the Seine in a kayak, not far from where sprinters pelted along a floating athletics track.

Paris last hosted the Olympics in 1924, while Los Angeles has held it twice - most recently in 1984.

In July 2005 in Singapore, London pipped an over-confident Paris, which had lost out to Beijing for the 2008 Games, to win the right to stage the 2012 Summer Olympics, triggering tears in the French camp when the results were announced. (Reporting by Reuters Television; Writing by Sudip Kar-Gupta; Editing by Alison Williams)

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