Emmanuel Macron affirms in the Team that the opening ceremony of the Olympic Games in Paris 2024 will take place in the city, on barges descending the Seine, confirming the trend mentioned by Tony Estanguet.
It is a unique opening ceremony which is announced in three years. Regularly mentioned by Tony Estanguet, the president of the organizing committee for the Paris 2024 Olympic Games, the idea was confirmed by the President of the Republic Emmanuel Macron in the columns of The team, he who wants to “break the codes” for the kick-off of the Paris Olympics.
“The first time Tony presented the idea to me, I thought it was crazy and I said banco”
“It’s been a few months now that there is a desire to have a truly unique and revolutionary opening ceremony, explains the President of the Republic. The first time Tony (Estanguet) presented me with the idea, he A year ago, I thought she was crazy and I said banco. So I can confirm that this ceremony will take place on the Seine “. It was even in 2018 that the three-time Olympic champion had mentioned the project with a desire to organize “Games that reach out to the people”.
“There are still many details to be finalized: safety, the story, the route, details Emmanuel Macron. It will be done on barges on the Seine, also using its banks and all that the Seine offers as an urban setting. work with Tony Estanguet’s team, the city of Paris, other communities, all State services. But our desire is that we can truly offer an unforgettable event. Visual strength, emotion and even a very different rhythm to the ceremony. There is an incredible potential for creativity in mixing places and shows at the same time. “
“Hundreds of thousands” of people present?
“We want to welcome the world but we want this ceremony to be spectacular and participatory, Estanguet told France 3 earlier in the day. If we put an opening ceremony in the city center, we give access to hundreds of thousands of people and it becomes an absolutely incredible spectacle, free for some of the people. We will also promote our heritage. ” This opening ceremony is already scheduled for July 26, 2024.