Olympic flame in Martinique. Relive the moving passing of the torch on Mount Pelée

Now head to Nice for the Olympic flame. She completed her Ocean Relay yesterday in Martinique. The flame took off yesterday morning at dawn from Montagne Pelée. Very early in the morning, the Olympic flame was hoisted to the second refuge.

3:30 a.m., final preparations for the flame in the Aileron parking lot. To follow this first step, you had to get up very early. At 4 o’clock, around thirty courageous people attacked the ascent of Montagne Pelée. A procession led by Tony Estanguet, the president of Paris 2024.

“The flame is still there, it’s magnificent. Aren’t we comfortable there?” notes Tony Estanguet

After an hour and a half of hiking, the first rays of sunlight on the Pelée. And suddenly at 5:38 a.m., the flame lights up the Martinique sky. The torch passes into the hands of Jérôme Jeannet, former fencer, double Olympic champion, the symbol in an unforgettable setting.

What better site than Montagne Pelée? I have lived in the North Caribbean for almost 35 years so it is really highly symbolic for me. These will be memories etched in my head for the rest of my life.

Jérôme Jeannet, bearer of the Olympic flame

A few minutes of parade at the top of the mountain before handing over to the other privileged person of the morning. A moment out of time.

For me, the moving flame is simply life. With this flame which has been carried all over the world, I think that there is no stronger symbol.

Thaô Wan-Ajouhu, bearer of the Olympic flame

Tony Estanguet had never set foot in Martinique, he will remember that.

It is magic. But Martinique is beautiful. It’s the first time. I have Mount Pelée with the sun, is it incredible how beautiful it is? It’s another great emotion this morning for this torch relay. What an adventure !

Tony Estanguet, president of the organizing committee for the Olympic and Paralympic games

A story of Gaël Biche and Jean-Marc Kennenga from Martinique the 1st.

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