DIRECT. Paris 2024 Olympics: the Olympic flame stranded all day, Marseille must wait

The Olympic flame arrives in France and more particularly in Marseille this Wednesday May 8 before beginning its long journey to Paris.

DIRECT. Paris 2024 Olympics: the Olympic flame stranded all day, Marseille must wait

The Olympic flame arrives in France and more particularly in Marseille this Wednesday May 8 before beginning its long journey to Paris.

Discover the latest news on the Paris 2024 Olympic Games

The opening ceremony of the Olympic Games has been at the heart of discussions since the project was presented. It will be held on Friday July 26, for the first time outside a stadium. Along a six-kilometer route on the Seine, the 10,500 Olympic athletes will parade on more than 150 boats. The ceremony is expected to last approximately 3.5 hours. The script for the ceremony, created by choreographer Thomas Jolly, wants to be kept secret until the last moment by the Organizing Committee (Cojo). In detail, the departure should be given around 8:30 p.m. at the Pont d'Austerlitz, with the departure of the Greek delegation, for the arrival of the French boat, the last in the procession, around midnight, at the Pont d'Iéna. But this opening ceremony promised by the Paris candidacy could not see the light of day, in the event of too great a security risk. In any case, this is what Emmanuel Macron said a few days ago, during an interview with BFM. The president notably spoke of a plan B at the Trocadéro, or even a plan C at the Stade de France.

For security and organizational reasons, the spectator gauge was also reviewed by the State. If 600,000 people, including 500,000 free places, had been announced at the start of the application, the gauge was greatly reduced. The Minister of the Interior recently announced that 326,000 people could attend the opening ceremony, including 100,000 paying tickets. The price for this Games event ranges from €90 to €2700. The public will be distributed in around twenty fixed zones, with it impossible to move along the platforms. 80 giant screens are planned throughout the route, complete with animations and artistic performances.

The organizing committee unveiled the first visuals of the opening ceremony at the end of 2021 with a spectacle that promises to be historic on the Seine. Here are the images:

The closing ceremony of the 2024 Olympic Games will take place at the Stade de France at the end of the competitions. For the opening ceremony of the Paralympic Games, around 65,000 people are expected to depart from the Champs-Elysées and Concorde where the athletes will parade on August 28, 2024.

The Organizing Committee for the Olympic Games (COJo) indicated in February 2019 that these 2024 Paris Olympics, which were initially scheduled to begin on August 2, will finally take place from July 26 to August 11, 2024. It is obviously a little early to know the dates of the events, the daily calendar and the TV program for this sporting fortnight. These subjects will be studied once the list of sports and the selected sites are official.

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Download our Paris 2024 Olympic Games calendar in PDF with all disciplines and dates.

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