Friday, April 5, 2024

The Olympic Torch is coming to the Cote d’Azur

The Olympic Flame is scheduled to reach France in early May after a voyage by boat from Greece. Marseille will mark the inaugural stop on the journey, with numerous towns and cities along the French Riviera also extending a warm welcome to the torch as it progresses north toward Paris.

Beyond the Games, the eternal flame remains safeguarded in Olympia, situated near the Temple of Hera. Following its arrival in the southern city of Marseille on May 8th, the Olympic flame will proceed towards the island of Corsica for a short sojourn before returning to the mainland and embarking on a route through the western regions of France.

On June 7th, the flame will embark on another maritime journey, this time bound for France's overseas territories, which include La Réunion, Guadeloupe, and Martinique.

After concluding its visits to other locations, Nice will take its turn to welcome the flame along the Promenade des Anglais and Quai des Etats Unis before the torch commences its month-long trek to the French capital.

In an interview with the French press, Mayor Christian Estrosi of Nice stated, "The presence of the Olympic flame in Nice on June 18th will hold profound significance. Serving as the inaugural stop in the final leg toward Paris, Nice marks the conclusion of the Ocean Relay before assuming the role of global capital during the United Nations Ocean Summit in June 2025."

The flame will also be welcomed by six other municipalities in the region: Villefranche-sur-Mer, Grasse, Cannes, Valberg, Antibes Juan les Pins, and Valdeblore-La Colmiane.

Dates for the arrival of the Olympic Flame to the other local locations will be announced shortly.

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