Paris Mayor Hidalgo Joins Olympic Flame Relay in Hérault

The Olympic flame will pass through the Hérault department in southern France on May 13 as part of its relay journey to the Paris 2024 Olympic Games. Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo will accompany the flame's passage in Sète and Montpellier, with 35 relay runners carrying the flame over a 5.2 km route.

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Paris Mayor Hidalgo Joins Olympic Flame Relay in Hérault

Paris Mayor Hidalgo Joins Olympic Flame Relay in Hérault

On Monday, May 13, 2024, the Olympic flame will pass through the Hérault department in southern France as part of its relay journey to the Paris 2024 Olympic Games. Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo is visiting the region to accompany the flame's passage in the cities of Sète and Montpellier.

Why this matters: The Olympic flame relay serves as a symbol of national unity and excitement ahead of the Paris 2024 Olympic Games, which are expected to draw millions of visitors and generate significant economic benefits for France. As the relay travels across the country, it will also highlight the importance of sports and athletic achievement in French culture and society.

The Olympic flame relay began on May 8 in Marseille and will continue across France until reaching Paris for the opening ceremony on July 26. A total of 10,000 torchbearers will participate in the relay, each carrying the flame for about 200 meters over a four-minute segment. Notable torchbearers in Hérault include actor Artus, decathlon world record holder Kevin Mayer, Olympic volleyball champion Benjamin Toniutti, singer Ycare, and journalist Hervé Mathoux.

In Sète, the flame will arrive at 11:30 am and be carried by 35 relay runners over a 5.2 km route. The first part of the route, dubbed "agile," will take the flame up the 104-meter-high Mont Saint Clair, where participants will be rewarded with local gastronomic products. The second part, "engaged," will see the flame travel by boat across the Étang de Thau lagoon, accompanied by several vessels, before passing through the city center and concluding at the Esplanade Roger Thérond.

Mayor Hidalgo will attend a ceremony at the top of Mont Saint Clair along with Montpellier Mayor Michaël Delafosse and other local officials. "23 actions aimed at disturbing the successful proceedings" of the torch relay have already been averted by a security detail of 115 police officers since the start of last week, according to Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin.

The passage of the Olympic flame is causing some disruptions in Hérault, with the entire relay route closed to traffic from 12:00 pm to 3:30 pm and parking restrictions in place. Bus lines will also be impacted. However, the event is expected to be a memorable celebration, with thousands already turning out to see the torch carried across the Millau viaduct earlier in the day. Various animations and festivities are planned in Sète and Montpellier to mark the occasion.

The Olympic flame will continue its journey through over 400 cities across France, including the Pyrénées-Orientales region on May 15 and a detour through Corsica on May 14, before arriving in Paris for the opening ceremony of the 2024 Summer Olympics on July 26. The relay serves as a symbolic countdown to the Games and an opportunity for the entire country to participate in the Olympic spirit.

Key Takeaways

  • Olympic flame passes through Hérault, France on May 13, 2024.
  • Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo attends the event in Sète and Montpellier.
  • 10,000 torchbearers will participate in the relay across France.
  • The relay route in Hérault is 5.2 km, with 35 relay runners.
  • The Olympic flame will travel through 400+ cities before reaching Paris on July 26.