Olympic Torch Relay in Vendée – Tuesday June 4, 2024 – Major files – News

Updated 05/29/2024

France is preparing to host the Summer Olympic Games from July 26 to August 11 for the first time in a century. From August 28 to September 8, it will also organize the first Summer Paralympic Games in its history.

An unmissable highlight of this Olympiad, the Torch Relay crisscrosses French territory until the opening ceremony in Paris on July 26, 2024.

On June 4, 2024, 7 municipalities will host the Olympic Flame in Vendée: Beauvoir-sur-Mer with the passage du Gois (without public), Fontenay-le-Comte, Montaigu-Vendée, Les Epesses at Puy du Fou, La Roche-sur -Yon, L’Aiguilon-la-Presqu’Île at Pointe d’Arçay (without audience) and Les Sables d’Olonne with the Cauldron Ceremony.

The flame will travel through the municipalities of:

  • Stage 1 (without public) – Passage du Gois from 8:00 a.m. to 8:20 a.m.
  • Stage 2 – Fontenay-le-Comte from 8:35 a.m. to 9:25 a.m.
  • Stage 3 – Montaigu-Vendée from 11:29 a.m. to 12:11 p.m.
  • Stage 4 – Puy du Fou from 12:30 p.m. to 1:15 p.m.
  • Stage 5 – La Roche-sur-Yon from 2:51 p.m. to 4:13 p.m.
  • Stage 6 (without public) – La Pointe d’Arçay from 5:17 p.m. to 5:37 p.m.
  • Stage 7 – Les Sables-d’Olonne from 5:58 p.m. to 7:20 p.m.

Throughout the day, more than 100 porters will take turns along the 7 stages of the route.

Exceptional mobilization to ensure the safety of the torch relay

Olympic torch relay in Vendée Security 2,800 staff and volunteers will be mobilized on Tuesday June 4, 2024

The Vendée prefecture is responsible for security and relief throughout this day of celebration alongside the communities involved in the journey of the flame. State services have been heavily mobilized for several months to ensure the smooth running of the relay and guarantee the safety of everyone for this great popular festival.

The torch relay convoy is secured by a security bubble made up of personnel from the Ministry of the Interior and Overseas Territories, in particular police officers and gendarmes in charge of the fight against drones, motorcyclists, and military personnel. GIGN, runners and a flame keeper.

The torch relay safety bubble - description of the safety device

The opening and closing of convoys is ensured by the police and gendarmerie forces of each department crossed. Securing the flame’s route will also be based on the establishment of a staking system for internal security forces and municipal police officers, and a rescue/health system provided by the departmental fire and safety service. emergency services (SDIS), health personnel and civil security associations.

More than 2,800 staff and volunteers will be mobilized in Vendée on June 4 to secure the route:

  • 121 police officers from the Departmental Directorate of the National Police (DDPN),
  • 326 policemen,
  • 5 mobile force units,
  • 72 municipal police officers,
  • 1,775 volunteers (excluding civil security),
  • 277 firefighters,
  • 103 volunteers from civil security associations,
  • 161 private security agents.

Nautical resources (maritime gendarmerie, coastal maritime affairs unit) will also be engaged as well as mine clearance teams and a gendarmerie helicopter.

Bringing together state services and crisis management partners, the departmental operational center (COD) at the prefecture will be activated, in order to coordinate all the necessary resources. In addition, an operational command post (PCO) will be open in each of the municipalities crossed.

Administrative police measures taken as part of the passage of the Olympic torch relay

In order to supervise the passage of the Torch Relay, administrative police measures to secure the route will be taken by the prefect (in particular restrictions on traffic, parking and drone flights).

Drone flight ban order > order to come

Order prohibiting gatherings and demonstrations > order to come

Traffic and parking in the stage cities of the torch relay

In order to secure the passage of the Olympic torch relay in Maine-et-Loire on May 28, traffic and parking ban measures have been taken in the municipalities crossed.

Consult the websites of the municipalities crossed by the Olympic flame:

Some tips for celebrating this event and enjoying the festivities

To attend the torch relay on the different stages of the route (with the exception of Gois and Pointe d’Arçay which take place without an audience), it is recommended :

  • to anticipate its arrival on the path of the flame and the celebration site;
  • to obtain information via reliable sources (site and social networks of the prefecture, the department council and the municipalities);
  • to respect the instructions of the security forces;
  • follow the diversion routes in place;
  • not to accompany the relay to avoid congestion;

As the flame passes:

  • On the side of the road, do not cross the road without checking for the possible arrival of vehicles or torchbearers
  • Do not run alongside the torchbearers so as not to hinder their progress
  • Do not hinder the torchbearers to take photos, videos or selfies
  • Children must be supervised and younger ones held by the hand
  • Pets are kept on a leash
  • In case of extreme heat or rain: bring suitable clothing and something to protect yourself.

At the celebration site during the lighting of the cauldron:

The security system concerns both the torch relay routes but also the celebration site and its surroundings.

Link to the internal regulations of the celebration sites: https://www.paris2024.org/fr/

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