TOKYO, Japan – The Paris 2024 Olympics will feature a unique opening ceremony with the city’s Seine River as the setting for the spectacular curtain opening, French President Emmanuel Macron said.
In an interview with French sports daily L’Equipe that will appear on Sunday, Macron revealed that barges on the Seine and its piers would provide the urban setting for the ceremony on July 26, 2024.
“We want it to be a people’s ceremony, open to all and unique in terms of the experience it will provide. Something that makes sense for the French people and sends a message to the rest of the world, ”said the 43-year-old leader in Tokyo about the guidelines for the delayed 2020 Games.
“We want something unique and revolutionary,” he said.
The Seine and its banks have undergone a radical transformation in the last five years after decades of serving as a motorway in the center of the city.
Most of the riverside roads now serve as pedestrian routes.
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