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Olympic Games 2024: Éric Ciotti suggests giving up on the opening ceremony on the Seine


Highlights: The opening ceremony of the 2024 Olympic Games will be held in Paris. It will be the first time the Games have been held in the French capital. The opening ceremony will be followed by the closing ceremony, which is expected to take place in September. The final ceremony will take place at the Eiffel Tower in Paris on July 25. The event will be open to the public, but there is no guarantee that it will be safe for people to attend. It has been suggested that the opening ceremony could be moved to a different venue.

The president of the Les Républicains party has suggested abandoning it following the recent attack on the Eiffel Tower.

The president of the Les Républicains party, Éric Ciotti, suggested on Saturday that the opening ceremony of the Paris Olympics should not be held on the Seine because security may not be guaranteed.

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"The attack on the Eiffel Tower showed our immense security weaknesses. In this context, the scenario of the opening ceremony of the Olympic Games on the Seine seems to me to be very risky as it stands," said the LR boss in an interview with Le Parisien published online on Saturday evening.

"You have to think of a plan B, for example at the Stade de France, in a closed and secure place. I ask the government to have no taboos when it comes to the security of the French people," he added.

The issue of security during the opening ceremony was revived by the December 2 attack near the Eiffel Tower by a radicalized Islamist who killed a German-Filipino tourist and wounded two others. Games organisers are aiming to hold a grandiose Opening Ceremony on 26 July in Paris, during which delegations of athletes will sail down the Seine in barges in front of hundreds of thousands of spectators. The show is to be set up by director Thomas Jolly.

As early as 4 December, Sports Minister Amélie Oudéa-Castéra had assured that the relocation of this ceremony was not the government's working hypothesis. "We don't have a plan B, we have a plan A in which there are several second plans," she said, stressing in particular the possibility of modulating the number of spectators who will be allowed to attend.

Source: lefigaro

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