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Paris 2024 Olympic Games: discover the Olympic flame's route through the Côte d'Azur

On 18 June 2024, the emblematic flame of the Olympic Games will cross the Alpes-Maritimes. From the seaside to the mountains of the hinterland, read on to discover its route and the six torchbearers who will have the extraordinary opportunity to cross the towns and cities of our department before an exciting finale in Nice!

A historic moment starting in Villefranche-sur-Mer

Anchored in the history of scuba diving and freediving, Villefranche-sur-Mer is the starting point on the Olympic flame’s route through the Alpes-Maritimes on 18 June, at 08:05 sharp! Alice Modolo, world freediving runner-up, will once again make a name for herself as she leads the flame out of the depths of the Côte d’Azur. Her name rings out like a modern legend, having smashed the women’s world record at the time in the Bahamas.

And while the sacred torch dived 13 metres down into the icy waters of Lake Baikal during the Sochi Winter Games, it is in Villefranche-sur-Mer that this daring French freediver will attempt to set a new world record. The voices of children from the École de la Mer – a place of learning where children explore the secrets of the Mediterranean, try their hand at sailing and develop respect for the marine environment – will also be heard during this incredible moment. Their participation in this event offers the unique opportunity to become guardians of this maritime heritage and remind the world of the magic of Villefranche-sur-Mer, as it writes a new page in its history during the Paris 2024 Olympic Games.

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Destination: Grasse, for a fragrant journey

In the enchanting setting of Grasse, a city listed as UNESCO World Heritage for its unique perfume know-how and its great perfume brands – like Fragonard, Galimard and Molinard – delicious aromas intertwine with memories of bygone eras. While the town awakens under the soft light of morning, the Olympic flame, a universal symbol of peace and excellence, will take to its starting point at 09:00, from the Place du Cours Honore-Cresp. This iconic location, where history meets modernity, will become the scene of a rare and intense moment.

Jacques Chibois, master of French cuisine and chef emeritus of La Bastide Saint-Antoine, a veritable pearl nestled among the olive groves since 1996, embodies the soul of Grasse. This Michelin-starred chef, guardian of culinary excellence, will be granted the honour of carrying the flame, a living symbol of the union between the fragrant heritage of Grasse and the universality of the Olympic Games. This exciting and distinguished event will remain etched in the memories of all generations, bearing witness to the timeless magic of Grasse and its central role in celebrating excellence, between tradition and modernity.

Red carpet in Cannes for the passage of the Olympic flame!

And of course, the flame will be proudly raised before the city of stars! Along the way, it will majestically pass by the luxurious hotels that line Cannes’ La Croisette, where the legends of France and Hollywood walk the red carpet each year. Its journey will lead it to the foot of the Palais des Festivals, a bastion of cinematic fame. Alexandre Farrugia, president of Le Cannet Hornets, will then carry this sacred flame.

In his wake follows an aura of determination and courage, forged by years spent in the shadows directing wheelchair basketball players with passion and dedication. A former Paralympic athlete, his career has been marked by the seal of excellence, with a cabinet of trophies bearing witness to his incredible success. In him, the flame will find its echo, an internal flame that burns with the same intensity as that which he proudly carries in his hands, illuminating the path towards accomplishment and inspiration. An allegory of commitment and resilience, symbolising the infinite quest to surpass oneself and succeed in the face of adversity.

A bike relay for the flame’s passage through Valberg

Much more than a mere winter destination on the Côte d’Azur, Valberg invites visitors to lose themselves in its lush landscapes and hiking trails. At the heart of this preserved flora and fauna, the possibilities for adventure and discovery are infinite! A popular ski resort in winter, Valberg has made a name for itself as a major cycling destination in summer. All this makes it an obvious choice for the flame’s starting point in the early afternoon, carried by the energy and passion of cycling enthusiasts!

Julia Pereira, a rising star in the world of snow sports and an Olympic bronze medallist, will be the ambassador for this epic journey, sledding down with the flame to Valberg, before passing by the legendary Planetary Trail. This young prodigy, Olympic silver medallist in the 2018 Winter Games in snowboard cross, lit up the podium in PyeongChang, becoming the youngest French medallist in the history of the Olympic Games at the age of just 16. A hugely symbolic bike relay will travel between the main square in Valberg to the first Olympic ski jump at Les Launes in Beuil, bearing witness to French Olympic history since 1937.

The departmental Olympic and sports committee will also organise an Olympic day for Alpes d’Azur primary-school children, as well as for students of the departmental snow and altitude school. As for the Music Conservatory, this institution will also be present in Valberg with students from the Puget-Théniers secondary school, celebrating sport in the spirit of fraternity.

A magnificent spectacle on the ramparts of Antibes

In Antibes, the only French town twinned with the city of Olympia in Greece, the Olympic flame will continue its journey, revealing the city’s hidden treasures. Since 2001, Antibes Juan-les-Pins has celebrated a sacred union with Olympia, the ancestral birthplace of the Olympic Games. From its thousand-year-old ramparts to the traditional paved alleys of old Antibes, the flame will explore the deep roots of this city bursting with history. Stopping in front of the Picasso Museum, veritable temple of art and creativity, it will then majestically proceed towards the Fort Carré, the vigilant guardian of all Antibes’ secrets.

Until the end of August, an exceptional exhibition at the Les Arcades venue, located opposite the Port Vauban, will also present all the Olympic torches since their birth in 1936, brought together as witnesses of the greatness and power of the Olympic spirit. It is with immense pride that Alain Bernard, Olympic gold medallist in the 100 m freestyle swim, will take on the prestigious role of torchbearer with this sacred flame. For this athlete, who has added four Olympic medals to his list of achievements – including two gold – making him the most successful French swimmer at the Olympic Games, this exciting day promises to leave an indelible mark on our collective memory, driven by the sharing of inspiring values.

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Torchlit zip-line descent at La Colmiane

It is at the La Colmiane that the Olympic flame will take to the heights! As true haven of peace for outdoor sports, this mountain resort invites visitors to adventure and contemplation, offering thrill-seekers an unbeatable playground at the gates of the Le Mercantour National Park. In this journey towards the Paris 2024 Olympic Games, La Colmiane presents itself as a unique stopover, as the flame continues to burn proudly. It is with palpable emotion that Loïc Pietri, internationally renowned judo champion, will have the honour of carrying the Olympic flame. And it’s not hard to understand why.

As a discipline anchored in the values of respect, effort and exceeding oneself, judo shares a deep link with the spirit of the Olympic Games. The event at La Colmiane will therefore celebrate the values of camaraderie, as well as fair play and mutual respect – cornerstones of this age-old discipline. Like a golden arrow shooting across the skies, the flame will take flight on the La Colmiane zip-line, the largest in France, hurtling along its 2,663 metres at an impressive speed of over 120 km/hour!

On this memorable day, the Music Conservatory will also take part in the festivities, accompanied by the students of the Roquebillière secondary school, ready to welcome the flame in the heart of the La Colmiane departmental school of snow and altitude. A unique moment of celebration and sharing for this penultimate stage, before the flame rounds off its journey in the capital of the Côte d’Azur.

Lighting the cauldron: a memorable finale in Nice

The Olympic flame will complete its journey through the Alpes-Maritimes with a final stage in Nice, a city listed as UNESCO World Heritage.

After passing through the National Museum of Sport, a real place of celebration for sporting history and culture, its journey will begin at 17:56 on the west of the Promenade des Anglais, before making its way along the Coulée Verte.

After Place Garibaldi, it will continue along this corridor of greenery towards Port de Nice, reaching its climax with the unbeatable view over the Baie des Anges from the castle hill, before beautifully concluding its journey with a fantastic celebration.

At 19:20, the last torchbearer, Sébastien Camus, will embody the spirit of this event by lighting the cauldron on Promenade des Anglais. As an ultra-trail champion, real nature lover and Côte d’Azur France ambassador, he lives with his family in the heart of the magnificent Le Mercantour National Park, where he fully expresses his passion for running through nature. At the same time, the people of the Alpes-Maritimes will be able to enjoy a host of different activities planned at the Quai des Ponchettes. Finally, a guard of honour made up of more than twenty personalities, including Alexia Barrier, professional sailor and Nice native; the famous tennis player Jo-Wilfried Tsonga; the first French men’s world athletics champion Stéphane Diagana; and Michèle Mouton, a true icon of motor-sports, will welcome the triumphant arrival of the final torchbearer, symbolising the spirit of sharing and excellence that drives the Olympic Games, in a moment of immense joy and euphoria.

In total, 10,000 people will form part of this relay to carry the Olympic flame to Paris, on 26 July, the opening date of the Olympic Games, which will close on 11 August. The Paralympic Games will take place from 28 August to 8 September.

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