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Has the Paris Tourist Board put a jinx on British gold hopes? Absurd you may say but consider this. Exactly a month before the Games began, the Paris tourist board launched a competition offering British citizens a luxury holiday in Paris every time Britain won a gold.

Jean-Pierre Blat, the board’s managing director, said the French wanted to make up for being churlish when London beat Paris to host the Games. And, asked how he would feel if the battle for gold was between Britain and France, Blat said, “A little bit of our heart would be French but we would support the British athlete beating the French. We hope you will win a lot of medals so plenty of British people will win a chance to visit Paris.”

Yet now, while France has eight medals including four golds, led by swimming sensation Yannick Agnel, Britain still has to register gold.

It could be that, in the last month, such has been the exodus of the British to the French capital – no doubt led by moaning London cabbies – that the French tourist officials are no longer rooting for our athletes. Or was the competition always meant to be a joke at our expense?

      

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