— Published 27 October 2021

Opening ceremony raises tensions


The opening ceremony of the Paris 2024 Games is causing teeth to grind at the top of the state. According to BFMTV, the meeting on the security of the event organised on Monday 26 October at the Ministry of the Interior, Place Beauvau, revealed tensions between the parties involved, notably the City of Paris and the Police Prefecture. The police prefect, Didier Lallement, is said to be opposed to the idea defended by Emmanuel Macron and Anne Hidalgo of a “big party” in the capital, along the Seine, bringing together 2 million people. He feared that it would be impossible to ensure the safety of the athletes, officials and crowds on such a scale. Didier Lallement would like to impose a capacity of 250,000 people. Beyond that, he believes, the risk would be too great. According to BFMTV, representatives of the Paris City Council have argued that each mass event organised on the Champ-de-Mars attracts 500,000 spectators. An “unforgettable” opening ceremony, to use the expression of the Head of State, could therefore welcome four times that number