— Published 19 November 2020

The opponents manifest

Despite the confinement, opponents of the Paris 2024 Games are mobilising and rallying. At the call of several collectives, associations and unions in Seine-Saint-Denis, more than a hundred people marched on Tuesday, November 17, in Saint-Ouen, to denounce construction and development sites planned in the department in preparation for the Olympic and Paralympic event. Dubbed the “Toxic Tour”, the parade stretched to Saint-Denis, where the athletes’ village is to be built, passing through several sites under development. According to the demonstrators, the Olympic sites will generate nuisances, “injustices” and greater “concreting” of their territory. According to SOLIDEO, the public body in charge of the Olympic structures, no less than 13 hectares of green spaces will be created by 2024, more than the area destroyed for construction sites. At the same time, more than 4,000 new housing units will be delivered in the Seine-Saint-Denis department. Opponents have warned: this week’s rally in Saint-Ouen was only the first in a long mobilisation announced until 2024.