Ian Brossat, the Paris deputy mayor in charge of housing, said he regretted the IOC’s choice of partner “at a time when many cities in Europe and the world are fighting back against Airbnb”.

He described the company on Twitter as having “disastrous consequences … on our towns and cities”, and said, “We are dealing with a company that doesn’t have the means to pay its taxes in France but can find the means to sign a deal with the IOC.”

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