Los Angeles could have a strong international rival in the competition to host the 2024 Summer Olympics.
Paris officials announced Thursday that they would launch a feasibility study and consider mounting their own bid for the Games.
According to a report by Inside the Games, the results of the feasibility study are due in the fall.
"If the study is positive, the period from October to April is devoted to communication for public support," Denis Masseglia, president of the French National Olympic and Sports Committee, told the website.
Paris has hosted the Summer Games twice but has lost its last three attempts for a third go-around.
As it stands now, the Los Angeles bid includes proposals for a vast remodel of Memorial Coliseum and a modern athletes village to be constructed by private developers beside the L.A. River, just east of downtown.
That complex could become residential housing after the Games.
It has yet to be seen if civic leaders will embrace the ambitious effort.