— Published 15 September 2021

The French want the Paralympics

Cérémonie Tokyo Paris

Promising. According to a survey carried out by the IFOP institute at the request of the Paris 2024 OCOG, 90% of French people support the organisation of the Summer Paralympic Games in less than three years in France. The Paralympic event will be the first in history to be held in France since its creation at the Rome Games in 1960. In addition, the same poll revealed that the handover ceremony between Tokyo and Paris for the Paralympic Games on Sunday, September 5th, was appreciated by 86% of French people. The ceremony was marked by several performances by artists with disabilities, including the musician Pone, an emblematic figure of the Fonky Family who suffers from Charcot’s disease, and who created a mix using the movement of his eyes only. The Paralympic Games handover ceremony was described by the French respondents as “rhythmic and dynamic” (91%), “original” (88%) and “moving” (84%). For 84% of those surveyed, it “made them want to be more interested in the Paralympic Games”. The IFOP survey was conducted online from September 6th-9th, 2021, on a sample of 1002 people, which represented the French population aged 18 and over.