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Countdown to the Paris 2024 Games

The countdown is on! From 26 July 2024, Paris will be hosting the world's biggest sporting event: the Olympic and Paralympic Games.

On your marks, get set, go! With one year to go until the eagerly-awaited opening ceremony of the Olympic Games, Paris and France are ready to welcome visitors from all over the world. This unique opening ceremony on the Seine on 26 July 2024 will kick off the Paris 2024 Games, which promise to be spectacular, innovative, sustainable and accessible to as many people as possible!

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The Paris 2024 Games start now!

The Olympic Torch will be unveiled on 25 July 2023, one year and one day before the Paris Games. A symbol of Olympism, it is made from recycled steel and powered by low-carbon energy. Created by French designer Mathieu Lehanneur, it stands for the values of peace and equality and highlights the inevitable Parisian river, the Seine. In keeping with ancient tradition, it was lit on 16 April 2024 in Olympia, Greece, the birthplace of the ancient Games. This is where the Relay of the Olympic Flame starts.

Olympic Torch Relay

After crossing the Mediterranean Sea, the Olympic Torch will arrive in France on 8 May 2024, in Marseille, where it will begin its journey across French territory. It will pass through iconic sites such as the prehistoric site of Lascaux, Alésia in Burgundy, the medieval city of Carcassonne, the unmissable Mont Saint-Michel, the city of Versailles and its castle before arriving in Paris on 26 July 2024 for the lighting of the Olympic cauldron, after a journey of 12,000 kilometres. Note that from 8 to 17 June 2024, the flame will leave mainland France to cross Guadeloupe, French Guiana, Martinique, French Polynesia and Reunion Island as part of the Oceans Relay.

Key moments of the Olympic Torch Relay

  • 15 janvier 2024: the 11,000 torchbearers (10 000 for the Olympic Games and for the Paralympic Games are revealed. The torch relay by team throws the spotlight on athletes who are committed to their sport, to their region and who have a collective commitment. Each relay will have its own captain, including: Laura Flessel for fencing, Camille Lacourt for swimming, Émilie Le Pennec for gymnastics Pascal Gentil for taekwondo.
  • 16 avril 2024: lighting of the Olympic Flame, in Greece, in an exceptional ceremony
  • 8 mai 2024: arrival of the Olympic Flame in Marseille and the start of the Olympic Torch Relay across France: 65 towns (stages), 100 important sites, 80 days
  • 14 et 15 juillet 2024: the Olympic Flame in Paris

Other highlights leading up to the Paris 2024 Games

The Olympic Torch Relay is part of a rich program of events ahead of the Paris 2024 Games. Overview of the highlights to be experienced while waiting for the Paris 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games:

Paris Cultural Olympiad 2024

The Coq Sportif reveal the Olympic outfits

  • 16 January 2024: the Coq Sportif reveals the outfits of the athletes during the competition.

Drawing of lots for the Marathon pour Tous

  • Fin-janvier 2024: drawing of lots for participants in the Marathon pour Tous

Chaumet reveals the Olympic and Paralympic medals

  • 8 February 2024: the French jewellery house Chaumet reveals the Olympic medals. Each Olympic and Paralympic medal contains 18 grams of puddled iron from the original 1889 Eiffel Tower. The medals also feature the hexagon representing France and its influence. Finally, one of the two sides is common to both Olympic and Paralympic medals

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200 days before the Paralympic Games Paris 2024

  • 10 Febraury 2024

The Street League Skateboarding Championship Tour at Adidas Arena

  • 24 February 2024: 1st major event at Adidas Arena (renamed Arena La Chapelle during the Paris 2024 Games) with the Street League Skateboarding (SLC) Championship Tour

Inauguration of the Olympic Village

  • 29 February 2024 in the presence of Tony Estanguet and Emmanuel Macron

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Official posters of the Paris 2024 Games

  • 4 March 2024 at the Musée d'Orsay: unveiling of the official Olympic posters presented as a dyptic (one Olympic poster and one Paralympic poster). Created by artist Ugo Gattoni, they can be seen until 10 March 2024 in the main nave of the Musée d'Orsay.

Drawing of lots for the Olympic football tournaments

  • 20 March 2024: Drawing of lots for the Olympic (women and men) football tournaments

Anticiper les Jeux

  • End of March 2024: launch of the Anticiper les Jeux website set up by the Ministry of Transport: advice, preparing your journeys, interactive map, traffic forecasts...

Olympic and Paralympic Week

  • 2 to 6 April 2024

Opening SPOT24

  • A new multifaceted place of 1,000m² located a stone's throw from the Eiffel Tower including a tourist information point, a shop - official point of sale for 2024 merchandise and Paris Je t'aime products - an exhibition area
  • Address: 101 quai Jacques Chirac, Paris 15th
  • From 3 april 2024: every day, from 9.30am to 7pm. From 18 to 24 July 2024: daily from 10am to 6pm. Closed all day on 25 and 26 July 2024

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Saint-Denis Aquatics Centre

  • 4 April 2024: Inauguration of the Saint-Denis Aquatics Centre which welcomes the artistic swimming, diving and water polo events

Berluti unveils the outfits for the opening ceremony

  • 16 April 2024: Berluti unveils the outfits for the French athletes during the opening ceremony.

100 days to go until the Paris 2024 Olympic Games

  • 17 April 2024
  • final surprise sale: 250,000 tickets put on sale

Children and Youth Olympiad

  • April 1 to June 20, 2024

Unveiling of the Olympic cauldron

  • 6 May 2024: 2 days before the Olympic flame arrives in Marseille, France, designer Mathieu Lehanneur unveils the Olympic cauldron. The cauldron will be embraced each day by the last torchbearer in the host city

Opening of the registration platform

Launch of Paris 2024 Tickets.

  • 15 May 2024: launch of the official Paris 2024 Tickets application, where ticket holders can download, exchange or resell their precious tickets.

Museums at Night 2024

  • 18 May 2024

100 days to go until the Paris 2024 Paralympic Games

  • 20 May 2024

Nuit Blanche 2024

  • 1 June 2024: Focus on French Over Seas Territories and sport

Amateur Olympiad

  • June 21 to 23, 2024: as part of the Music Festival and Olympic Day 2024

Unveiling of the French flag-bearers

  • 11 July 2024: the athletes Mélina Robert-Michon (discus throw) and Florent Manaudou (swimming) are designated as the French flag-bearers

Opening of the Club France

  • 14 July 2024: at Hôtel de Ville de Paris

Football and rugby tournaments

  • 24 July 2024: start of the Olympic football and rugbytournaments

Experience the Paris Games during the Games

During the Paris 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games, visitors are invited to come together to celebrate this major event thanks to the many celebration sites in Paris, the Île-de-France region and throughout France and the various free activities open to all. In all, there are almost 200 celebration sites throughout France that are accessible free of charge. With or without tickets to watch the events, enjoy the Paris 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games to the full!

Opening Ceremony of the Paris Olympic Games

  • 26 July 2024: on the Seine (by reservation or invitation)

Paris 2024 Olympic Games

  • 26 July to 11 August 2024

Closing Ceremony of the Paris 2024 Olympic Games

  • 11 August 2024: at the Stade de France.

Opening Ceremony of the Paris 2024 Paralympic Games

  • 28 August 2024: on the place de la Concorde. Reopening of Club France

Paris 2024 Paralympic Games

  • 28 August to 8 September 2024

Closing Ceremony of the Paris 2024 Paralympic Games

  • 8 September 2024: at the Stade de France.

Champions Park at Trocadéro

From 29 July to 10 August 2024 (except 2 to 4 August 2024), this is the place to be for sports fans. Set up opposite the Eiffel Tower, the Champions Park welcomes the medal-winning athletes to celebrate their victory with the public. The Celebration of Medallists, consisting of a parade of the previous day's medal-winning athletes, takes place every day, as does the Live broadcast of the major finals on the programme. The experience continues with artistic and cultural performances in this open-air arena.

  • Champions Park opening times: from 4pm to 11.30pm
  • Parade of athletes: from 5.30pm to 7.30pm
  • Broadcast of the Grand Finals: from 7.30pm to 11.30pm

Club France in the Parc de La Villette

From 27 July to 11 August, from 29 August to 8 September 2024, the Parc de La Villette and its Grande Halle will be hosting the Club France. This is THE place dedicated to supporters of the French team: you can follow their exploits, meet the French medallists, discover and practise new sporting disciplines...

  • Club France de La Villette opening times: from 10am to 2am
  • 2024 Clubs will be set up throughout France: Châteauroux, Nantes, Marseille, Lille... so you can experience the Paris 2024 Games everywhere in France.

Georges-Valbon Park in La Courneuve

The department of Seine-Saint-Denis is at the heart of the programming for the Paris 2024 Olympic Games thanks to the major competition venues spread across its territory, including the Stade de France, the Centre Aquatique, the site d'escalade du Bourget and the Arena Paris Nord. It is only natural that the department should host one of the major venues for the Paris 2024 Games, at the parc Georges-Valbon de La Courneuve. The 3rd largest park in the Île-de-France region in terms of surface area features a giant screen, programmes concerts (including 6 exceptional evening events), workshops, activities and artistic events, offers the practice of sporting and para-sportive activities, an 80-metre high skyliner for a spectacular ascent and a diverse range of restaurants. The Parc Georges-Valbon will also be the venue for the grand start of the Para marathon on Sunday 8 September 2024.

  • From 25 July to 11 August 2024 (except Mondays and Tuesdays) and from 6 to 8 September 2024.
  • Opening times: from 2pm to 10pm and until midnight on special evenings.

The Paris fête les Jeux: the festivities in Paris

The French capital is being transformed into a huge playground during the Paris 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games with the Paris fête les Jeux! Sports activities, cultural events, event broadcasts and catering areas await visitors at the many Paris fête les Jeux venues. The parvis de l'Hôtel de Ville is one of the emblematic sites hosting the Paris fête les Jeux events. Paris Plages 2024 - Parc Rives de Seine, Bassin de la Villette, Canal Saint-Martin - is also preparing to don the colours of Paris 2024. Festivities open to all, free, popular, family-friendly and festive, in the heart of Parisian neighbourhoods.

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