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Olympic flame for the Paris 2024 Olympic Games: lighting of the flame this Tuesday, how is it lit ?

“Olympic flame for the Paris 2024 Olympic Games: lighting of the flame this Tuesday, how was it lit?”

The Olympic flame will be lit this Tuesday, April 16 at Olympia.

This is the real kick-off for the Paris 2024 Olympic Games. This Tuesday, April 16, ' Olympia in Greece, the Olympic flame is lit. After two editions marked by Covid and therefore without guests or big ceremony, this ritual will regain all its colors again. on the occasion of the Paris Olympics. In the sanctuary of Olympia, in front of the 2,600-year-old ruins of the temple of H' ra, the " high priestess “, dressed in a costume inspired by of Antiquity, must proceed to 10:30 a.m. à the lighting of the flame before it leaves for a short 11-day trip to Greece. On April 26, the c  The ceremony to hand over the Olympic flame will take place at the Panathenaic Stadium of Greece, an ancient stadium. The flame will then be handed over to the organizers of the Paris Games before embarking for France and Marseille (arrival scheduled for May 8). 

How the flame is lit ?

The flame ignition system involves the use of the sun and a parabolic cylindro-parabolic mirror, a process that involves the use of the sun and a parabolic cylindrical mirror. already known to the ancient Greeks: the sun's rays reflected in the container release intense heat, creating a flame. Weather forecasts predict cloudy skies on Tuesday in this western region of the Peloponnese peninsula (southwest) , but even in case of changeable skies or, worse, rain, the flame is lit during rehearsals. Greek actress Mary Mina will then be able to brandish the torch which will then be carried by the first torchbearer, Stefanos Ntouskos, Olympic rowing champion at the Tokyo Olympics. The French swimmer Laure Manaudou who had won the race her first Olympic title, in the 400m freestyle, at the Athens Olympic Games in 2004, she will be the first French relay runner.

What will be the route of the Olympic flame for the Paris 2024 Olympic Games ? The map

The cityé Phocéenne will be the first city to stage the Olympic flame in France. It wasé chosen by the organization because of its location and proximity to the city. history with Greece. From the South of France, the flame should then travel to the rest of the country, crossing numerous metropolises but also tourist sites, showcases of the French heritage. 

Olympic flame for the Paris 2024 Olympic Games: lighting of the flame this Tuesday, how is it lit ?

© OJ Paris 2024

  • Among these cities are Toulon, Nice, Toulouse, Montpellier, Sète and Millau. The flame continues its path towards the Atlantic coast via the Dordogne and discovering seven towns including Périgueux. Libourne, Saint-Emilion and Bordeaux.< /li>
  • Then place à the west with expected passages to the west La Baule, but also in Brittany with a stop à Brest or even in Mayenne à Laval.
  • Among the relays intended to illustrate the diversity of French landscapes, a passage à Chamonix, a stop at Mont Saint-Michel. The historical heritage will be highlighted from the battlefields of Verdun to the Millau viaduct via the castles of the Loire, the Pont du Gard, Lourdes or the house of the "father of Europe" Robert Schuman. 

Marseille, Carcassonne, Bastia, Toulouse, Bordeaux, Les Sables d'Olonne, Mont-Saint-Michel, the overseas territories, Lille or Paris, the route and dates of the Olympic flame have been announced. té unveiling Friday June 23 (the places in parentheses are the sites crossed). 

  • 10 May : Marseille (Roucas-Blanc Marina and the Stade de Marseille) – Toulon 
  • 11 May : Toulon (Almanarre and the Route du Sel) – Manosque
  • 12 May : Manosque (Citadel of Sisteron and Verdon regional natural park) – Arles
  • 13 May : Arles (Port-Saint-Louis-du-Rhône and Arènes d'Arles) – Montpellier
  • May 14: Montpellier (Arc de Triomphe and Millau Viaduct) – Bastia
  • May 15: Bastia (Aiguilles de Bavella) – Perpignan
  • 16 May : Perpignan (National Altitude Training Center Font-Romeu and Mont Canigou)– Carcassonne
  • May 17: Carcassonne (Place des Chalets and Gruissan and Cité médiécale)  – Toulouse
  • 18 May : Toulouse (the Halle de Revel) – Auch
  • 19 May : Auch (the statue of the Musketeers by Dumas à Condom) – Tarbes
  • 20 May : Tarbes (Cirque de Gavarnie and Pic du Midi de Bigorre) – Pau
  • May 22: Pau (Eau Vives stadium and Biarritz beach) – Périgueux
  • 23 May : Périgueux (Dordogne basin and Lascaux Caves) – Bordeaux
  • May 24: Bordeaux (City of wine and vineyards of Saint-Emilion) – Angoulême
  • May 25: Angoulême (Cognac and Comic Strip Museum) – Grand Poitiers-Futuroscope
  • 27 May : Grand Poitiers-Futuroscope (palace of the Dukes of Aquitaine) – Châteauroux
  • May 28: Châteauroux (château de Valençay) – Angers
  • May 29: Angers (Montsoreau castle and Coteaux-du-Layon vineyard) – Laval
  • 30 May : Laval (medieval city and Sainte-Suzanne-et-Chammes) – Caen
  • 31 May : Caen (Honfleur and D-Day beaches) – Mont-Saint-Michel
  • June 1: Mont-Saint-Michel (Saint-Vaast-la Hougue) – Rennes
  • 2 June : Rennes (forest of Brocéliande – Paimpont) – Niort
  • 4 June : Niort (Marais Poitevin – Coulon) – Les Sables-d'Olonne
  • June 5: Les Sables-d'Olonne (passage du Gois and Puy-du-Fou) – La Baule
  • 7 June : La Baule (Bay of La Baule) – Valves
  • June 8: Vannes  (city of sailing Eric Tabarly and Ile-aux-Moines) – Brest
  • Atlantic Relay
  • June 9: Cayenne (Camopi and Oyapock river and Kourou space center)
  • June 12: Saint-Denis (Plaine des Sables and city of the volcano and Pointe de Langevin)
  • June 13: Papeete (Island of Tahiti and Teahupo'o)
  • June 15: Baie-Mahault (memorial act and Pointe-à-Pitre)
  • June 17: Fort-de-France (Montagne Pelée and Saint-Pierre) 
  • June 19: Nice (Antibes Juan-les-Pins and Palais des Festivals de Cannes) – Avignon
  • June 20: Avignon Antique Theater of Orange and Mont Ventoux) – Valencia
  • June 21: Valence (Château de Grignan) – Vichy
  • June 22: Vichy (Creps de Vichy) – Saint-Étienne
  • June 23: Saint-Étienne (house of culture – Le Corbusier and the Geoffroy-Guichard stadium) – Chamonix
  • June 24: Chamonix (Lake Annecy and the Mont-Blanc valley) – Besançon
  • June 25: Besançon (Chaux-Neuve springboards) – Strasbourg
  • 26 June : Strasbourg (Huningue and gateway of the three countries) – Metz
  • 27 June : Metz (glassmaking site of Meisenthal and house of Robert Schuman – Scy-Chazelles) – Saint-Dizier
  • June 28: Saint-Dizier (Bourbonne-les-Bains and Charles de Gaulle memorial Colombey-les-Deux-Eglises) – Verdun
  • June 29: Verdun (Citadel of Montmédy and Verdun memorial) – Reims
  • 30 June : Reims (Avenue de Champagne and Epernay) – Lille
  • 2 July: Lille (Wallers-Arenberg) – Lens
  • 3 July : Lens (Bollaert-Delelis stadium and Louvre-Lens) – Amiens
  • July 4: Amiens (Bay of Somme and Saint-Valéry-sur-Somme) – Le Havre
  • July 5: Le Havre (Rouen Cathedral) – Vernon
  • July 6: Vernon (Pont-Audemer) – Chartres
  • July 7: Chartres (royal estate of Dreux) – Blois
  • July 9: Blois (château de Chambord) – Orleans
  • July 10: Orléans (castle of Sully-sur-Loire and house of Jeanne d'Arc-Orléans) – Auxerre
  • July 11: Auxerre (Vézelay and Chablis vineyard) – Dijon
  • July 12: Dijon (clos de Vougeot and archaeological site of Al'sia) – Troyes
  • July 13: Troyes (the lakes of the Orient Forest) – Paris
  • Relais Île-de-France
  • July 14-15: Paris (Insep, court Simonne-Mathieu (Roland-Garros), place de la Bastille, Hôtel de Ville and National Assembly
  • July 17: Saint-Quentin (familistère of Guise and international city of the French language)
  • July 18: Beauvais (château de Chantilly)
  • July 19: Soisy-sous-Montmorency (Antwerp-sur-Oise)
  • July 20: Meaux (château de Fontainebleau)
  • July 21: Créteil (Rungis national market of interest)
  • July 22: Evry-Courcouronnes (national rugby center – Marcousis)  
  • July 23: Versailles (Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines) – Golf National and Château de Versailles)
  • July 24: Esplanade de la Défense-Nanterre (Harras de Jardy and Yves-du-Manoir stadium)
  • July 25: Georges-Valbon Park (Ourcq canal and Saint-Denis Olympic aquatic center)
  • July 26: last day and lighting of the Olympic flame

For the flame to pass through a territory, the departments had to invest 150,000 euros excluding taxes (180,000 euros with). Nearly 37 departmental councils refused to accept the request. to welcome the torch, believing that there were other financial priorities. "À about a quarter of the cost is borne by by the departments. The other three quarters are carried by the Committee. organization, attempted to to justify Tony Estanguet. For certain departments such as Lozère, hosting the flame represents a cost of 2.35 € per inhabitant compared to less than 9 cents for Bouches-du-Rhône.

The flame will therefore not pass through the following territories: Ardennes, Meurthe-et-Moselle, Vosges, Haute-Saône, Territoire de Belfort, Jura, Saône-et- Loire, Ain, Rhône, Savoie, Hautes-Alpes, Saône-et-Loire, Nièvre, Cher, Gard, Ardèche, Haute-Loire, Lozè re, Cantal, Puy-de-Dôme, Corrèze, Creuse, Haute-Vienne, Lot, Tarn, Tarn-et-Garonne, Lot-et-Garonne, Landes, Charente-Maritime, Indre- et-Loire, Sarthe, Orne, Côtes d'Armor, Mayotte. 

Who can carry the Olympic and Paralympic flame ?

Approximately 10,000 people will be able to carry the Olympic flame. Among these "elected", there will obviously be high-level athletes, associations or collectives, people with disabilities or volunteers which will have previously been é drawn at random.

Small innovation, there will be collective relays in groups of 24. There will be nearly 3 000. Individually, there will be approximately 7 000.& nbsp;In total, 5,000 applications would be analyzed and studied by juries "distributed throughout France& quot; according to the official website of "Paris 2024". However, some conditions are required to hope to become a torchbearer.

You must first be 15 years or older. You must then be a member of the Paris 2024 club or register to be one. Finally, you must nominate a loved one with an argument. the selected people must carry within themselves the energy of sport, the “energy of the territories and the energy of the collective”, details the procedure "Paris 2024". This process takes a total of around ten minutes. Each chosen torchbearer will cover approximately 200 meters and will benefit from this unique moment for almost 4 minutes. . 

Who are the ambassadors and "captains" of the Olympic flame ?

Two captains were taken down designated for this Olympic flame. This is Laure Manaudou and her brother Florent. Regarding the Paralympic flame, they are Mona Francis and Dimitri Pavadé who have been é chosen. With the exception of Mona Francis, they were all  medalists at the Games. The first ambassadors will be Marine Ltemporel, Thomas Pesquet, Djamel Debouze and the chef Thierry Marx. 

The sideé sports will be at the heart of the Olympic torch relay with the French cycling federation which will bring the torch to the Olympic Games. cycling to the summit of Mont Ventoux. Armel Le Cl éac'h will ensure the transition of the flame to the overseas territories.< /p>

The crew of the winner of the 2016 Vend&e Globe is still unknown and the time record holder on the biggest single-handed event in kept the secret. He, on the other hand, promised distinguished guests, but "they need to have a bit of sea legs", said -he amused&eac; during the presentation ceremony of the path of the flame. 

This is one of the issues surrounding the Olympic flame before each edition of the Olympic Games: it must not be destroyed. &eac;extinguish. There will therefore always be a "guardian of the flame". He will have to Its provision includes a safety lantern. to monitor it or revive it in the event of an unexpected event. The torch could also be exposed to protest movements such as "no retirements, no Olympics" occurred in April 2023 against the pension reform.

A more serious scenario is feared by the authorities. These are terrorist attacks. A & A huge system will be put in place accordingly during this “traveling bubble”. Police and gendarmes will be mobilized, drones of surveillance and anti-drone deployed and security agencies calls. 

Teilor Stone

By Teilor Stone

Teilor Stone has been a reporter on the news desk since 2013. Before that she wrote about young adolescence and family dynamics for Styles and was the legal affairs correspondent for the Metro desk. Before joining Thesaxon , Teilor Stone worked as a staff writer at the Village Voice and a freelancer for Newsday, The Wall Street Journal, GQ and Mirabella. To get in touch, contact me through my teilor@nizhtimes.com 1-800-268-7116