The IOC inspection team visited the five candidate cities during February and March 2005.
The Paris bid suffered two setbacks during the IOC inspection visit: a number of strikes and demonstrations coinciding with the visits and a report coming out that Guy Drut, one of the key members of the Paris bid team and IOC member, would face charges over alleged corrupt party political finances.
At the end of the fourth round of voting, London won the right to host the 2012 Games with 54 votes, defeating Paris's 50.
Various French publications blamed the Paris loss on French President Jacques Chirac's statements before the vote that "We can't trust people [the British] who have such bad food.
After Finland, it's the country with the worst food." Two current members of the International Olympic Committee are from Finland.
Several other news sources cited Bertrand Delanoë's complaint regarding Tony Blair's secret late night meetings with numerous (African) IOC representatives as having a more significant impact on final vote.
Also New York and Madrid obtained very positive evaluation reports.
On 1 July 2005, Jacques Rogge, when asked who the winner would be, told the assembled press: "I cannot predict it since I don't know how the IOC members will vote.A London 2012 spokesman dismissed this, saying "At the end of the day, it was a secret ballot. The result is what matters and we are not going to be drawn into speculation." The Government Olympic Executive (GOE), a unit within the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS), is the lead Government body for coordinating the London 2012 Olympics.The GOE reports through the DCMS Permanent Secretary to the Minister for Sports and the Olympics.These cities were Havana, Istanbul, Leipzig, London, Madrid, Moscow, New York City, Paris and Rio de Janeiro.By 19 November 2004, all five candidate cities had submitted their candidate file to the International Olympic Committee.