Events - Meaux stage town for the Olympic Torch Relay on July 20, 2024: The countdown has begun

By Mulder, Meaux, Mairie, 04 may 2024

The town of Meaux, located in the Île-de-France region, has had the honor of becoming an important stopover on the route of the Olympic flame en route to the Paris 2024 Olympic Games. On Saturday May 4, the town organized a landmark event to kick off the countdown to 77 days of this historic event.

Meaux, known for its rich historical heritage, transformed itself into a hub of festivities to welcome the Olympic flame. The town is renowned for its impressive monuments, such as Saint-Étienne Cathedral and the Grande Guerre Museum. By becoming a stopover town for the Olympic Torch Relay, Meaux reinforces its identity as a place where cultures and passions converge.

The unveiling of the D-77 countdown took place on the forecourt of the Hôtel de Ville, where a village of sporting events was set up for the enjoyment of residents and visitors alike. Jean-François Copé, Mayor of Meaux, Jean-François Parigi, President of the Seine-et-Marne Departmental Council, and Christian Allard, Deputy Mayor, were present for the occasion. The gathering demonstrated the city's spirit of unity and pride.

The Olympic flame is a powerful symbol that embodies the spirit of the Games. It represents peace, unity and continuity between peoples. By hosting the torch relay, Meaux has become part of this tradition, celebrating sporting excellence and international cooperation. The passing of the flame is a reminder that the Olympic Games are more than just a sporting competition: they are a moment of global unity.

In addition to the countdown unveiling, the Meaux event included a photographic exhibition along the Quai Victor Hugo, offering a glimpse of Olympic history and the values that underpin it. The event was a great opportunity for families, sports enthusiasts and culture lovers to come together and celebrate the Olympic ideals.

In conclusion, Meaux marked a special moment in the run-up to the Paris 2024 Olympic Games by hosting the Olympic Torch Relay. This event not only shone a spotlight on the town, but also underlined the importance of Olympic values and the role that local communities play in promoting these ideals.

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