a “life-size” rehearsal of the opening ceremony on the Seine


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France 3 – E. Bailly, M. Boisseau, A. Nys, S. Guillemot, X. Roman, O. Badin, A. Tranchant

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It wafted like a scent of the Olympics on the morning of Monday July 17 in Paris. 375 days before the opening ceremony of the 2024 Olympics, the boats paraded for operational tests.

On the morning of Monday July 17, on the Seine in Paris, there were about forty boats escorted by police Zodiacs. One year after the opening ceremony, the aim is to test the navigation conditions “in full size” on the large Parisian artery. On the docks, the morning runners made no secret of their delight. A real armada will invest the Seine. 91 boats will parade for six kilometres, from the Pont d’Austerlitz to the Pont d’Iéna.

Delegations on board

On board will be the delegations, represented this morning by extras. “Everything will be done to ensure that the artistic is at the service of these technical tests”, observes Tony Estanguet, president of the organizing committee of the Paris 2024 Olympic Games. Another strong point of the test, safety. The course is to accommodate 600,000 spectators. The ceremony will last more than three hours and will be followed by over a billion viewers.

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