Less than ten months from Paris Paralympic Gamesthe path of his torch was revealed, starting in United Kingdomthe passage through the Channel Tunnel and a simultaneous lighting of several flames that will cross 50 French towns.
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In total, 1000 relievers will be in charge of circulating up to 12 llamas, in reference to the 12 days that the events will last. Paralympicsbetween August 25 and 28, the date on which the opening of the Games will be held in the Place de la Concorde.
Partant d'Angleterre avec pour ligne d'arrivée la Place de la Concorde lors de la cérémonie d'ouverture des Jeux Paralympiques --
Passant sous la Manche et traversant + de 50 villes -
Porté par 1000 éclaireurs -
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The 'multiple torch' is a way to "give maximum visibility" in four days - the Olympic torch relay lasts 80 days - said Tony Estanguet, president of the organizing committee (COJO).
"And the difference with the Olympic flame is that we will be able to see it in several places at the same time," said Delphine Moulin, director of the Games' celebrations, a few days before.
France will organize the Paralympics for the first time, the first edition of which was held in 1948, the idea of the German neurologist Ludwig Guttman, who decided to organize sports events for veterans of the Second World War in the stoke mandeville hospitalnorth of London.
That will be where the torch will be lit, which will then travel to France, entering Calais through the English Tunnel on August 25.
In total 24 British athletes, through a service track in the tunnel so as not to impede the circulation of trains, will catch up with another 24 French athletes halfway to complete the relay.
The exit of the tunnel, in Calais, It will be time to light the other 11 torches who will travel through metropolitan France. Unlike the Olympic flame, the Paralympic will not have stages in Corsica or overseas territories.
In total, in the four days of the journey the torches will visit 50 cities and towns, from Strasbourg to Lyon, passing through Lourdes or Rouen.
The main torch, coming from England, will travel to Ile-de-France (Paris region) passing through Arras, Amiens and Chambly.
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Like the Olympic, the 12 Paralympic torches will need a safety device"with the same logic of a bubble around 1,000 relievers," said Sports Minister Amelie Oudea-Castera during the conference.
On August 27, 2024, the eve of the opening of the Games, the 12 torches will come together for one last parade in Paris, passing through several emblematic places in the capital such as the Place de la Republique or the Hotel de Ville (town hall). .
The Paralympic Games will be held in the French capital between August 28 and September 8.
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