Paris 2024

A celebration for all

Publié 21/03/2024|Modifié 04/03/2024

Paris 2024 will be the largest sporting spectacle ever held in France. This event will enable all spectators to share in the passion of the competition.

73 towns and cities

Host towns and cities

4,500 areas awarded the label

Terre de Jeux 2024

64 entities and towns/regions

Olympic Torch relay

Key mobilisation events in the run-up to the Games

Several national mobilisation events have already provided an opportunity to gauge the enthusiasm generated by the Games all across France. These events will continue right up until the Games begin, sustaining an atmosphere of national jubilation.

Celebrated around the world on 23 June and 8 October, respectively, the Olympic and Paralympic days are intended to enable anyone and everyone to get involved in sports, accompanied by athletes and in an atmosphere promoting Olympic values.
In France, 23 June 2023 saw 150,000 students taking part in 1,000 events. On 8 October 2023, tens of thousands of spectators were able to try their hands at 24 parasports, with support from 100 athletes present at the Place de la République in Paris.

The “Olympic and Paralympic Summer of 2024” plan will support a number of projects aimed at showcasing sport between April and September 2024 and will bolster existing schemes. For example:

  • The “Summer Districts” scheme, which supports local initiatives offering various activities to residents of priority urban neighbourhoods (QPV) during the months of July and August.
  • The “Open Schools” scheme, which enables schools to open their doors to students during school holidays and propose a variety of activities.
  • The “Learning Camps” scheme, which allows young people to participate in summer camps with a range of activities on offer.
  • The “Open Clubs” scheme, which provides funding to enable sports associations to remain exceptionally open during summer 2024, particularly in priority neighbourhoods and regions.

Sport will also be a priority focus for the beginning of the 2024/2025 school year, which will start during the Paralympics (which run from 28 August to 8 September). Thanks to the French government’s “Tickets for the people” (billetterie populaire) scheme, over 200,000 school students will have the chance to attend Paralympic events.

Ever since Paris was named host city for the 2024 Games, an Olympic and Paralympic week has been organised each year by the Ministry of National Education and Paris 2024 in partnership with the French Sporting Movement. This week aims to promote participation in sports among young people and to mobilise the educational community around civic and sporting values.
Dedicated to inclusion, the 2023 edition mobilised over 8,000 establishments and a million students. In 2024, the Olympic and Paralympic Week took place from 2–6 April, and its theme was  celebrating the Games and athletes from around the world.

Held since 2021 in the run-up to the Paris 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games, the Cultural Olympiad aims to bring the worlds of art and sport together. Featuring an ambitious artistic and cultural programme, it encompasses hundreds of events across France at the crossroads between sport and culture.

Over 70 national establishments overseen by the Ministry of Culture have already gotten involved in the initiative, with over 2,100 events taking place under the label.

Explore the list of events here.

Tools serving regional engagement

Various schemes initiated by Paris 2024 and the French government will help to spread the Olympic and Paralympic spirit throughout France.

The Terre de Jeux 2024 label enables participants to experience the games wherever they are in France, including (and especially) in areas that will not be hosting any Olympic or Paralympic events.

The first label of its kind in the history of the Games, Terre des Jeuxshowcases local councils and associations working to make sport more accessible and inclusive in their local area. It allows beneficiaries access to exclusive programmes such as the Flag Tour or the “tickets for local communities” (billetterie territoriale) scheme.

To date, 99% of towns with over 50,000 inhabitants have received the label.

The “Generation 2024” label enables all educational establishments, from pre-school to university, to capitalise on the unique energy generated by the Games.

Overseen since 2018 by the Ministry of National Education and Youth and the Ministry for Higher Education and Research, this label encourages educational establishments to promote physical and sporting activity, to use sport for educational purposes and to make sport a catalyst for civic engagement.

To date, over 8,500 schools have received the Generation 2024 label.

View the list of educational establishments awarded the Generation 2024 label here.

Drawn up by Regional prefects and Regional Academic Delegations for Youth and Sporting Participation (Délégations régionales académiques à la jeunesse, à l'engagement et aux sports, or DRAJES), plans for local events and activities will ensure the Olympic and Paralympic Games are celebrated across the country.

To ensure the success of this planning, the Ministry of Sport and the Olympic and Paralympic Games has allocated a funding package of €4 million to its regional departments in 2024, following on from an initial package of €4 million in 2023.

The 1,029 Olympic Preparation Centres (Centres de préparation aux Jeux, or CPJ) will host foreign delegations in the run-up to the Games. Located throughout 97 of France’s 101 departments and held to the highest environmental standards, these facilities will continue to serve a purpose after the Games.

Fan zones and routes for celebrating the Games across France

On 8 May 2024, the Olympic flame’s arrival on French soil will mark the beginning of what will be a nationwide celebration. Building steadily in intensity throughout the summer of 2024, the magic of the Games will be celebrated at venues all over the country.

Throughout the Games, celebration zones known as “2024 Clubs” will help generate a unique and festive dynamic across France. By screening coverage of the events, organising sports activities and providing opportunities to meet the athletes, these locations will provide spectators with the opportunity to both experience others’ passion for sport and share their own.

The Olympic Torch Relay arrived in France on 8 May 2024 in Marseille, marking the beginning of what will be a nationwide celebration.

This exceptional event will take place over 68 days and will be extended by the Paralympic Torch Relay from 25–28 August, passing through 450 towns and 5 overseas territories, providing a unique occasion to spread the Olympic and Paralympic spirit throughout France and to showcase the country’s rich variety of cultural heritage and landscapes.

11,000 torchbearers will take part in this expansive event.

In Ile-de-France, three unique zones will provide the stage for major moments of celebration during the Games:

  • The Club France at La Villette, which can host up to 25,000 people, will allow fans to come and meet French athletes and to share in the excitement as they watch our athletes compete.
  • The Champions Park at Trocadéro, with a capacity of 15,000, will provide a unique location to watch the events and honour the medal winners;
  • The Georges Valbon park in the heart of Seine-Saint-Denis will enable local residents to share in the Olympic experience in a festive, sociable setting.

Opportunities to experience the Games up close

To ensure the Games are a genuine nationwide celebration, the ambition is to enable as many people as possible to experience the Games up close, either by attending events or taking part in one of the two exceptional opening ceremonies to be held in the heart of the capital.

On 19 May this year, and for the first time in the history of the Games, the French government launched the Tous aux Jeux (“Everyone at the Games”) programme — an accessible ticketing scheme led by the French government allowing for the distribution of over 400,000 free tickets.

The goal is simple: to enable as many people as possible to come and share in the excitement of the Games in France for free. Four different target groups will benefit: young people, volunteers in the Sporting Movement, people with disabilities and their carers, as well as public agents in categories B and C having contributed to preparations for the Games.

In 2024, over 45,000 volunteers will participate in the indoor Games; their duty will be to help ensure the events run smoothly and to offer spectators an exceptional experience.

To date, over 300,000 candidates have signed up to be volunteers. Among those selected, 3,000 candidates with disabilities were identified and trained in close partnership with associations.

On the night of 10 August 2024, the Mass Participation Marathon will provide 40,048 people a unique chance to run the same route as the Olympic competitors — an unprecedented opportunity to follow in the footsteps of champions.

On the last day of the Paralympic Games, a public race will be held in Seine-Saint-Denis, open to participants of all disciplines.

The Paris 2024 Games will see a massive celebration taking place in the heart of Paris: for the first time, the Games’ two opening ceremonies will not take place inside closed stadiums, but in areas accessible to everyone.

On 26 July 2024, for the opening ceremony of the Olympics, hundreds of thousands of free tickets will be handed out in order to allow as many people as possible to see the world’s champion athletes parading down the Seine. A few weeks later, on 28 August, the Place de la Concorde and the Champs-Élysées will don the colours of the Paralympic games.

The crowds of spectators attending the Games will also be able to watch a host of road events, including cycling and the marathon, as well as events on the Seine, such as the marathon swimming events and the triathlon and para-triathlon events.

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