Paris has won the bid to host the 2018 Gay Games.
The Gay Games, which expects more than 15,000 competitors, is held every four years and is next taking place in the Ohio cities of Cleveland and Akron.
In recent months, opposition to a gay marriage bill has exposed deep divisions in French society over gay rights, attracting tens of thousands to protests for and against such unions.
Paris' Deputy Mayor Philippe Ducloux said on Oct. 8 that "for all Parisians, it will be an honor to welcome the 10th Gay Games. All participants will be welcomed."
France's Sports Minister Valerie Fourneyron said she hoped the games would make "for a more inclusive and generous society in France."
The finalists had included London and Limerick, Ireland.
“We congratulate Paris on becoming the home of the 2018 Gay Games,” said Steve Sokany, co-chair of the 2014 Gay Games board of directors. “It’s a world-class city and a perfect fit to follow Cleveland+Akron to host this international sports and cultural showcase.”
Ohio's games will take place Aug. 9-16, 2014. More than 35 sports and culture events will be held, with more than 11,000 people from more than 60 countries expected to participate.