Free transport, closed roads and schools: what will the passing of the Olympic flame in Metz look like?

Free transport, closed roads and schools: what will the passing of the Olympic flame in Metz look like?
Free transport, closed roads and schools: what will the passing of the Olympic flame in Metz look like?

It’s a day that has been months in the making. Thursday June 27 will see the arrival in Moselle of the Olympic flame procession, left on May 9 from Marseille, and expected in Paris on July 26, for the opening ceremony of the Olympic Games. The procession will seven steps in the departmentwith an entry via the glassmaking site of Meisenthal and an arrival in Metz at the end of the day. On Monday June 17, the city unveiled the system put in place for this unique event.

The exact route

The Olympic flame convoy will leave the Metz Arena at 5:57 p.m. and will arrive at Place de la République at 7:35 p.m., for lighting the cauldron straight away. A thirty torchbearers will pass the flame along a 6.4 kilometer route, which will pass in front of the Pompidou-Metz center, the train station, Place du Roi-Georges, in front of the Porte Serpenoise, the governor’s palace, the fountain of the ‘Esplanade… Activities will take place at different points along the route.


Roads closed

All access to the torch relay route will be closed to traffic from 3:15 p.m. on Thursday June 27, including the Metz-Centre interchange. They will reopen “gradually” after the flame passes “as far as possible”indicates the town hall.


Parking on the course will be completely banned from June 26 at midnight. Vehicles that do not respect this authorization will be impounded. The town hall specifies that all affected residents have been notified by mail, i.e. 23,000 residents in total. The entrances and exits to many car parks will also be closed for part of the afternoon and evening.

Free transport

Public transport will be completely free all day long. Buses and Mettis will circulate around the city center, on the principle of hubs (Arènes, Seille, Mazelle, Pontiffroy). The city asks spectators to park in park-and-ride lots.

Schools closed

The schools present on the route will be closed from 11:45 a.m. on Thursday June 27, at the end of morning classes. School meals will not be provided for these students, nor will evening extracurricular activities. The parents of the children concerned have been notified.

Here are the schools concerned:

  • Saint-Eucaire primary school
  • Gaston-Hoffmann primary school
  • Claude-Debussy elementary school
  • Chanteclair nursery school
  • Notre-Dame elementary school
  • Saint-Martin nursery school
  • nursery and elementary schools Les Isles

110 municipal police officers mobilized

To secure the passage of the Olympic flame, 110 municipal police officers will be mobilized. More than 150 volunteers from sports clubs will also be present along the route to report any problems. The video protection system will also be reinforced, with the installation of “multi-sensor type devices” to monitor the entire route of the procession.



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