2024 Olympic torch relay to start in Marseille

AFP - [email protected] • 3 Feb, 2023 Updated Fri 3 Feb 2023 11:43 CEST
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The Olympic torch will arrive into Marseille. Photo by BORIS HORVAT / AFP

The torch relay for the 2024 Paris Olympics will start in the southern port of Marseille, organisers announced on Friday.


"It was a natural and clear choice," said chief organiser Tony Estanguet.

The torch will arrive in Marseille from Greece, the spiritual home of the Olympics, on a three-masted ship.

It will set the tone for a Games whose opening ceremony will be held on the Seine in Paris.

"In the spring of 2024, Marseille will have the honour and good fortune to be the first city to welcome the Olympic flame on French soil," organisers Paris 2024 said in a statement.


Marseille "was a natural and clear choice," said Estanguet, evoking the city's historic links with Greece.

The ancient Greek colony of Massalia was founded on the French Mediterranean coast in 600 BC.

The Paris OIympics take place from July 26th to August 11th, 2024.



AFP 2023/02/03 11:43

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