The Olympic flame for Paris 2024 will be transported from Greece on a tall ship with three masts, which will arrive in France to the old port of Marseille, site of next year's sailing competition, the organizers of the games announced today (Friday).
After the traditional lighting in Olympia, the site of the ancient games in Greece, the Olympic torch was launched in the spring of 2024 aboard the Belem, owned by the Caisse d'Epargne Belem Foundation (BPCE).
The torch's journey in France is set to start from Marseille, travel across the country over a period of several weeks and end its journey in Paris with an extraordinary opening ceremony along the Seine on July 26.
The full route of the Olympic torch relay will be revealed in May.
Founded 2,600 years ago, Marseille is both a former Greek colony known as Massilia and the oldest city in France.
It shares a maritime history with Athens and will be a central part during the Olympics, when the city is set to combine soccer matches in the velodrome stadium and sailing events in the marina.
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