Closure of the airspace, 326,000 spectators expected… The progress of the opening ceremony of the Paris Olympics revealed

By Le Figaro with AFP

Published 1 hour ago, Updated 9 minutes ago

This illustration published by the Paris 2024 Olympic Committee shows the opening ceremony of the Paris Olympic Games scheduled for July 26, 2024 on the Seine. FLORIAN HULLEU / AFP

During the parade for the opening ceremony of the Paris 2024 Olympic Games on July 26 along the Seine, gauges will be applied, announced Gérald Darmanin and the prefect of the Île-de-France region Marc Guillaume.

The number of spectators who will be able to attend the river parade of the opening ceremony of the Paris-2024 Olympic Games along the Seine has been set at 326,000 people, including 222,000 with free tickets, Gérald Darmanin announced on Tuesday.

Before the Senate Law Committee, the Minister of the Interior specified that 104,000 paying spectators will be welcomed on the low platforms and on certain bridges, 222,000 on the high platforms and estimated at approximately «200.000» people who will follow the ceremony from buildings overlooking the Seine.

A fleet of 180 boats in total for the parade on the Seine

A total of 180 boats, of which 94 will transport the athletes, will be mobilized for the parade on the Seine for the opening ceremony of the 2024 Olympic Games on July 26, detailed the prefect of the Île-de-France region, Marc, on Tuesday. Guillaume. The Ministry of the Interior indicated for its part that the airspace would be closed within a radius of 150 kilometers around Paris from 7 p.m. to midnight.

Marc Guillaume, who spoke alongside the Minister of the Interior Gérald Darmanin before the Senate Law Committee, specified that 86 boats would be allocated to security, technical teams and the repair of ships which were experiencing difficulties. Darmanin insisted that “all the delegations had agreed to parade on the Seine”for this unique format of an opening ceremony organized outside a sports venue.

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