first rehearsal of the opening ceremony on the Seine

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France 2 – L. Legendre-Trousset, M. Boisseau, A. Nys, X. Roman, S. Guillemot, O. Badin, J. Montupet

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On Monday July 17, fifty boats paraded on the Seine, between the bridges of Austerlitz and Iéna. It was the first “full size” rehearsal of the rehearsals for the opening ceremony of the Olympic Games.

In Paris, on the morning of Monday July 17, the show took place low down on an exceptional Seine. Extensive tests were carried out in preparation for the Paris 2024 opening ceremony. The boats and their pilots were able to practice, calculate, estimate distances and keep times.

Opening in the heart of the capital

For the first time in the history of the Olympic Games, the opening will take place outside a stadium, in the heart of the capital, with the Seine as a playground: 6 km of course, 10,500 mobilized athletes and over 600,000 spectators expected.

For the organizers the challenge is logistical and technical. “Everything will be done to ensure that the artist is at the service of these technical tests”, observes Tony Estanguet, president of the organizing committee of the Paris 2024 Olympics. The installation will promote museums and bridges, with Notre-Dame as the lookout, adorned with its new spire.

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