Olympics 2024: Hidalgo plans “a tour of France” of the Olympic flag

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The mayor of Paris reaffirms her wish to ” Popular Games ”in Paris in 2024 and announces that the Olympic standard, which she will recover on Sunday at the closing ceremony of the Tokyo Games, will soon begin a great stroll across the country.

A few days after Emmanuel Macron made his wish public of a “truly unique and revolutionary” opening ceremony (just that), “on the Seine”, for the Olympic and Paralympic Games of 2022, the PS mayor of Paris, Anne Hidalgo, outbid this Friday with another project.

Sunday, the one that is also widely tipped to engage in the race to the Elysee in 2021 , must attend the closing ceremony of the Tokyo Games to receive the Olympic flag from the Governor of the Japanese capital through the President of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), Thomas Bach. “I have been thinking about this moment for a very, very long time” , says the mayor of Paris.

Once brought back to France, the standard will be hoisted at the top of the town hall, then will leave on the roads for “A tour of France”, she announced this Friday. An introduction to the three years of challenges that lie ahead before Paris welcomes the planetary sports festival.

Invitation to “Games popular ” Sunday, while Anne Hidalgo will be in the Olympic stadium in Tokyo, with an artistic sequence of ten minutes including a piece of music composed by the artist Woodkid , festivities will be held at Place du Trocadéro in Paris. The President of the Games Organizing Committee 2024, Tony Estanguet , will be present. On the program: Woodkid concert, therefore, giant flag with Paris logo 2022 “the size of a football field” suspended on the Eiffel Tower, said Tony Estanguet, and overflown by planes of the Patrouille de France carrying two lucky elected officials. “The French delegation will be present in Paris” , he also specified.

The whole will form a sort of “invitation card” to the Paris edition 2022, explained Anne Hidalgo, who insisted that these Games “were thought from the start as popular games” .

She also remembered “10 February 2015 ” where she had received the preliminary proposal to apply for the Olympic Games during a year when Paris was “bruised” by the attacks. “In this terrible moment, imagine that Paris could welcome the world in 2024 helped us hold on and gave us hope ”, she said.

Once this symbolic relay has passed, the organizing committee (Cojo), the delivery company for the Olympic works in charge of the construction sites (Solideo) and the State which sets everything to music will have to take up several challenges: control time , the budget , and not betray the promises of candidacy.

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