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French President Francois Hollande, left, poses with International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach, after Bach received an Olympic flag from the 1924 Olympics games during a meeting at the Elysee Palace in Paris, Sunday, Oct. 2, 2016. (AP Photo/Kamil Zihnioglu, Pool)

Paris, Budapest and Los Angeles are all competing to host the 2024 Summer Olympics


Let the games begin!

Three cities are bidding for the rights to host the 2024 Summer Olympics: Paris, Los Angeles and Budapest, Hungary. Leaders from each city have traveled to Doha, Qatar to pitch their city before the Association of National Olympic Committees on Tuesday.

The final vote is still 10 months away, but Paris and Los Angeles are considered the front-runners. They've each hosted the Olympics twice already. But political entanglements with both those major cities could complicate their bids.

I think the Olympics are at its best when they rise above politics. It has the ability to unite people.
Casey Wasserman, Los Angeles bid leader

Looming over Los Angeles' bid is the recent election of Donald Trump. His comments about Mexicans and Muslims, as well as his aggressive foreign policy rhetoric on the campaign trail, could damage America's standing with the International Olympic Committee. 

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FILE - In this Aug. 20, 2016, file photo, United States' Allyson Felix celebrates after winning the gold medal in the women's 4x400-meter relay final during the athletics competitions of the 2016 Summer Olympics at the Olympic stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. With 10 months before the vote in the race for the 2024 Summer Games, bid leaders from Los Angeles, Paris and Budapest, Hungary, have traveled to Doha, Monday Nov. 14, 2016, to pitch their case to the general assembly of the Association of National Olympic Committees. The Los Angeles bid team selected sprint star Allyson Felix, a Los Angeles-born African-American athlete who has won six Olympic gold medals and three silvers _ as one of its key speakers for the presentation. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum, File)

One of those making the case for a U.S. bid is Allyson Felix, an African-American woman who boasts six Olympic golds (two from Rio) and three silver medals. Felix was born in Los Angeles.

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CORRECTING DATE OF ORIGINAL PHOTO TO SEPT. 18 - FILE - In this Sept. 18, 2016 file photo, France's far-right National Front president Marine Le Pen, delivers a speech in Frejus, southern France. Le Pen said in an interview broadcast on the BBC on Sunday, Nov. 13, 2016, that Donald Trump's victory in the U.S. boosts her own chances during next year's French presidential election. (AP Photo/Claude Paris, File)

France has its own political issues -- far-right leader Marine Le Pen could be named the French president soon. Le Pen's hard-line stance on illegal immigration and comparisons of Muslims to Nazis have drawn criticism.

Holding the Olympic Games in Budapest would help to pave the way for a greater range of mid-sized cities to host the games.
Balazs Furjes, Budapest bid chairman

And then there's Budapest. The Hungarian capital is much smaller than Paris or Los Angeles, with about 1.7 million people to Paris's 2.2 million and Los Angeles' 3.9 million. But the city's advocates say that one of its strengths.

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The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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