two thirds of tickets will be free

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, Gérald Darmanin announced on Tuesday. Among these spectators, 222,000 will have free tickets distributed by the institutional partners of Île de France.

Published on: 05/03/2024 – 19:23

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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, announced on Tuesday March 5, Gérald Darmanin.

Before the Senate Law Committee, the Minister of the Interior specified that 104,000 paying spectators would be accommodated on the low platforms and certain bridges, 222,000 on the high platforms and he put the figure at around “200,000” for the people who will follow the ceremony from buildings overlooking the Seine.

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While it had initially considered setting up a ticket office accessible to all, the executive ultimately decided to entrust the distribution of free tickets to institutional partners in Ile-de-France (State, host cities, Ile de France region, Paris 2024) .

“These trusted third parties”, as Gerald Darmanin called them, will offer people they have chosen to then register on the website used to acquire paid tickets. They will then receive a QR code. In practice, for example, a “Thierry de Béziers” will not be able to acquire a free place unless he knows a “trusted third party” from the Ile-de-France region.

Gérald Darmanin clarified before the senators that the operation to distribute free tickets would be led by the interministerial delegate to the Olympic Games. All these places will have to be distributed at the end of May, he added.

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The minister argued that the reduction in the capacity of the opening ceremony – initially envisaged at 600,000 spectators – was explained in particular by the need to provide “3 square meters per person” and Emmanuel Macron’s decision not to not move the boxes from the second-hand booksellers on the banks of the Seine.

180 boats on the Seine

Furthermore, 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 Ile-de-France region. , Marc Guillaume.

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. The minister insisted on the fact that “all the delegations had agreed to parade on the Seine”, for this unprecedented format of opening ceremony organized outside a sports venue.

With AFP

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