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Everything posted by Fiorenzo

  1. Exactly, that's what makes the Esplanade du Trocadéro an even more obvious choice. It would also be a symbolic choice to put the cauldron there since the Esplanade du Trocadéro is also called Parvis des Droits de l'Homme (Human Rights piazza). Not that the IOC cares about human rights too much, but I suppose the organizing committee does a bit and I guess it's a kind of narrative they would like to use. Plus the Trocadéro totally fits with the Art déco aesthetics Paris 2024 has chosen for its brand identity.
  2. Parisian here. I'm sorry to ruin your dreams but there's no way the cauldron could be set up on the top of the Eiffel Tower, it's just too much of a hazard. As Baron said, there's a lot of communication equipments, plus the wind is very very strong up there. Not to mention that if it were to be seen in the whole city, the cauldron would need to be humongous. Like really humongous, and the weight of such a cauldron would alson be a concern for the balance and structure of the tower. In my opinion the most obvious (and safest) choice is to put it on the Esplanade du Trocadéro, just where the Olympic rings were installed on September 13 2017 right after the vote in Lima. You can't get a more parisian backdrop than this. The final torch relay could start on the Champ de Mars, pass under the tower, cross through the Iéna (not Lena) bridge and climb up the stairs to the Trocadéro. As for the Olympic rings on the tower during the games like in the renditions, it's a certainty for me, and I'll guess they'll do something similar with what they've done all January long with the European flag stars to mark the French presidency of the EU:
  3. As a Parisian, I'm a bit torn by the idea of an opening ceremony on the Seine. Of course it's gonna be a security and logistics nightmare, but that doesn't worry me too much. We're kinda used to that, every year on Bastille Day, 300k people attend the military parade on the Champs-Elysées, 500k spectators watch the fireworks on the Champ de Mars in the evening, and a few days later, another 300k people attend the last stage of the Tour de France, without any major inconvenience. Now of course, the Olympics are an even much higher scale, but as we say, impossible n'est pas français. As someone said a few weeks ago on the Tokyo opening ceremony topic, ceremonies are mode for TV, and this one will look amazing if you're watching on TV. The aerial views of Paris at sunset are stunning, and the fireworks on the Eiffel tower always look impressive, so it should definitely be one of the most picturesque opening ceremony ever. But as incredible as it would look, I'd prefer if the ceremony was held at the Stade de France because I intend to buy tickets for it, and I feel like a ceremony on the Seine would ruin the rythm and the surprises like SeriousPotato said, and kill the unity of space and time that you have in a stadium.
  4. I was at the ceremony in Paris and it was live of course. (The shot of Macron wasn't however).
  5. See paul, THIS is Paris 2024 working out strategy for youth engagement.
  6. No, there's pretty much the same attitude from the French media towards LA than from the Californian media towards Paris.
  7. They did. They also mentioned Budapest and Rome.
  8. As a Parisian, I can tell you that Paris is empty, there are probably more tourists than actual residents in the city at this time of the year. Ripley is right, we do have everything we need in our own country, french landscapes are so diverse that many people don't feel the need to go abroad (it's also way more affordable), yet that doesn't need we're all snobs and full of ourselves. According to this survey,French people are more likely to go on vacation abroad (44 %) than Italians (38%) and Spaniards (34%): http://www.europ-assistance.com/sites/default/files/barometre_ipsos_-_europ_assistance_2015_-_synthese.pdf
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