Paris 2024: the journey of the Olympic flame in the English Channel

After Calvados, it is the turn of the neighboring department of Sleeve to welcome Friday May 31 the relay of the Olympic flame on its territory. For the occasion, residents will have the opportunity to take part in numerous activities. Until the arrival in the evening and in the form of an apotheosis at Mont-Saint-Michel, undoubtedly one of the great moments of the journey through France.

Seven Channel towns will see the Olympic flame

The relay in the Channel will highlight the coastline as well as the rich regional heritage.

Departure from Cherbourg-en-Cotentin at 8:20 a.m.

The flame will begin its journey in the north of the department, with a departure from Cherbourg-en-Cotentin at 8:20 a.m. After a transition to Saint-Vaast-la-Hougue (9:50 a.m.), heading south towards Saint-Lô (11:20 a.m.).

At midday, the relay will make a detour by Sainte-Mere-Eglise (12:25 p.m.), before heading towards Granville (3:05 p.m.) then stop at Villedieu-les-Poêles-Rouffigny (4:10 p.m.).

Arrival at Mont-Saint-Michel at 6:20 p.m.

THE Mont Saint Michel, the flagship stage of the day’s relay, will close the passage through the Channel in style, with an arrival scheduled for 6:20 p.m. preceding the lighting of the cauldron. A public reception program will be offered from 10 a.m. to midnight around the famous bay and its abbey.

MAP. Where does the flame go in the Channel?

Thomas Pesquet, Claudia Tagbo, Guillaume Martin…, who will carry the torch in the Channel?

Among the 100 carriers of the flame which will take turns throughout the day, we can cite the names of the former Olympic track cycling champion Felicia Ballanger or the former voice of the Tour de France Daniel Mangeas. The comedian Claudia Tagbo is also announced.

On arrival at Mont-Saint-Michel, the astronaut Thomas Pesquet will take up the torch, before passing it on to a collective of cyclists led by the professional William Martin. The lighting of the cauldron will be entrusted to Roger Lebranchu, 101 years old, concentration camp survivor and former rowing champion. It’s a certainty, the emotion will be there.

Traffic, parking, what impact in Cherbourg, Saint-Lô, Granville…?

By crossing the length and breadth of the department, the Olympic torch relay will cause temporary restrictions of traffic and arrangements for parking. THE Department of Manche offers an interactive map listing the entire system, city by city.

Particular attention is paid to the case of Mont-Saint-Michel, where large crowds are expected. Security will be particularly reinforced with nearly 600 law enforcement personnel deployed for the cauldron lighting ceremony scheduled for the dam square at 7:20 p.m.

Where to park and how to access Mont-Saint-Michel?

  • Four car parks including a plot of land in Les Buternes in Ardevon containing 1500 places will be made available to the public to allow parking near the arrival of the flame.
  • Route de la digue: street closed to bicycles from Thursday May 30 midnight to Friday May 31 midnight;
  • Montée au Poulain: street closed to the public from 10 a.m. to midnight on Friday May 31 (reserved for emergency services);
  • Mont-Saint-Michel: access prohibited to the public on Friday May 31 from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m.;
  • La Barracks: street closed and parking prohibited on Friday May 31 from 6 a.m. to midnight.
© Aline Duchêne / Access to Mont-Saint-Michel will be very supervised.