How much did it cost to pass the Olympic flame through Indre?

How much did it cost to pass the Olympic flame through Indre?
How much did it cost to pass the Olympic flame through Indre?

How much did the passage of the Olympic flame, Monday May 27, 2024, in Indre, cost communities? The question came up repeatedly on social networks even though the torch had not finished its journey, at the Plaine des sports. “A handle that makes a lot of noise on the Internet to unleash the crowds”denounces Gilles Lherpinière, mayor of white, departure city of the great procession. Stung, the elected official had promised to ” accountable “. So he did the calculation: “€7,631.05, in other words, it costs nothing! » Main item of expenditure: the arrival arch (€2,500) “who will serve again”. La Châtre also faced “a few complainers that we found in the front row as the flame passed”, laughs Mayor Patrick Judalet. Accounting balance sheet: “10 to 12,000 €” of which “2 to 3,000 € for stages and sound equipment at departure and arrival”.

But it is indeed the Indre departmental council, the community initiating the event, which put the most money into its pocket. First, a lump sum of €180,000 including tax paid to the Games organizing committee for “cost participation”. Sum to which, according to the Department, €186,000 must be added: €29,000 for rental of tents, various equipment and video; €39,500 for printing and distribution of the special flame magazine and the sticker album; €32,000 from drone show; €16,000 from the fireworks show; €5,000 for school lunch baskets, sports committees, drinks with mayors and torchbearers; €45,500 for signage in the communities and t-shirts for all middle school students; €19,000 private security. For a total of €366,000, €1.68 per inhabitant »calculates the departmental council. “The idea was to make a real show that would interest more than just sports fans”justifies Marc Fleuret, president of the Department.

€97,000 for Châteauroux

The cost of the Himalayan gateway between Cuzion and Baraize (€1M shared between State, Region and Department) is not taken into account because the project, already in the pipeline, has just been ” accelerated “ for the passage of the flame. André Guilbaud, mayor of Cuzion, therefore believes that“around €7,000” were budgeted by the two municipalities to finance all the activities, particularly for children, and babysitting from Saturday.

From Baraize, we had to elbow our way to appreciate the passage of the flame on the footbridge.
© (Photo NR, Thierry Roulliaud)

For his part, Chateauroux had also thought big with a final score of “€97,000”, according to Anne-Laure Bodin, director of communications. The majority (€86,000) was spent on securing the course with the rental of additional barriers and logistics. As everywhere, the activities were largely provided voluntarily by the associations but the City added €11,000 for private providers. “Giant bubbles, teqball, etc. »

In Buzançais, “no one regrets”

HAS Déolsthe estimate amounts to “€6,000”announces the mayor, Delphine Geneste, with t-shirts for children, security, civil protection, and the choreography which will be repeated soon “like a common thread” by the municipality, host of the Games this summer. For his part, Buzançaisis still in the calculations. “At least €10,000, specifies Mayor Régis Blanchet, no more than 20,000. Here, no one regrets it. » Valencay spent €10,700 including €4,000 for the rental of inflatable structures within the castle grounds. Finally, Issoudun remained approximate: “Maybe €5,000, assessed Éric Hervouet. All the activities were carried out by the associations. The real cost is rather the staff working hours. »

In total, the communities will have spent a little more than €500,000 to welcome the Olympic flame in Indre. Everyone also agreed that “significant human resources” were mobilized. “But the best answer to grumpy people, concludes Marc Fleuret, was given by all these children who had a wonderful day. »

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