Paris to sell tickets for 2024 Olympics from December with prices from €24

Organisers of the 2024 Paris Olympics have unveiled "Games Wide Open" as their official slogan, and announced prices for tickets which fans can start to apply for from December.

Paris to sell tickets for 2024 Olympics from December with prices from €24
The planned Paris Olympic opening ceremony on the Seine could be scaled back for cost and security reasons. Image: Paris Olympic Committee

The slogan was released alongside a video promising the Olympics and Paralympics would be “faster”, “higher” and “stronger” — as well as “more inclusive, more fraternal, more beautiful.”

It is “an invitation to the entire world to come to experience new emotions, together. Our games are a promise of unprecedented experiences and powerful feelings,” the organisers said.

A total of 13 million tickets will be sold for the two events, with nearly half of tickets reserved for the public set to be sold at less than €50.

Outside the opening and closing ceremonies, prices for events will range from €24 to a maximum of €950, organisers said in a press statement.

MAP Where Paris Olympic events will be held

Fans are invited to enter a draw for tickets from December. Packages comprising tickets for three separate events will be available from €72 and will go on sale from February.

President Emmanuel Macron also told sports newspaper L’Equipe: “The state will buy 400,000 tickets which it will distribute to young people and schoolchildren, especially those under 16.”

On Monday, Macron gathered senior ministers to discuss growing concerns about costs and security for the mega-event.

France’s top audit body, the Cour des Comptes, warned in a recent report that it was “imperative” to ramp up preparations for the “considerable” security challenge of the games.

It suggested scaling down the ambitious opening ceremony, which is set to take place on the River Seine and feature an armada of 200 boats and some 600,000 spectators.

An Elysee official said a “dialogue had now started” with the International Olympic Committee over where savings can be made.

“I reaffirmed a simple principle: there will be no Olympics tax. The Games must finance the Games,” Macron insisted in his L’Equipe interview.

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Huge fire destroys warehouse at giant Paris market

A major blaze swept through part of one of the world's biggest fresh produce markets on the outskirts of Paris on Sunday. 

Huge fire destroys warehouse at giant Paris market

 The fire destroyed a fruit and vegetable warehouse at the Rungis complex to the south of the French capital.

Flames spread shortly after noon, the authorities said, sending a dark plume of smoke billowing over the southern suburbs.

A hundred firefighters brought the fire under control by mid-afternoon and there were no injuries, the fire brigade said.

The warehouse, about the size of a football pitch, belonged to Les Halles Mandar group.

Firefighters work to put out a fire in a building at the “Rungis International Market” wholesale food market in Rungis, south of Paris. Photo by Christophe ARCHAMBAULT / AFP

“It’s a shock, but we’re glad there were no injuries”, boss Shaoul Abramczyk said.

“We will not be able to fulfil our partners’ orders from Monday and for several days”, he added.

“When a market operator is the victim of a tragedy of this nature, the whole market is struck at its heart”, Rungis market head Stephane Layani said.