French PM In Annecy To Promote Olympic Bid

PARIS (AP) - French Prime Minister Francois Fillon will travel to Annecy on Tuesday to endorse the Alpine city's bid for the 2018 Winter Games.

Fillon's office says he will meet with members of the IOC evaluation commission who will be inspecting Annecy's proposed Olympic venues this week.

French President Nicolas Sarkozy is also reportedly planning a trip to Annecy during the week but his office has not confirmed the visit.

Annecy is considered to be running behind the two other 2018 candidates - Pyeongchang, South Korea, and Munich.

The International Olympic Committee will select the host city on July 6 in Durban, South Africa.