Surprise: an American star carried the Olympic torch relay to Cannes! (VIDEO)

Surprise: an American star carried the Olympic torch relay to Cannes! (VIDEO)
Surprise: an American star carried the Olympic torch relay to Cannes! (VIDEO)

In an atmosphere of popular jubilation, Oscar-winning actress Halle Berry made a notable appearance during the passing of the Olympic flame in Cannes this Tuesday, June 18. Starting at the start of the relay, the American star proudly climbed the famous steps of the Palais des Festivals, flame in hand, to the cheers of the crowd gathered there.

“Arriving halfway, the star took the break with Thierry Frémaux, before passing the baton to him, still under the gaze of thousands of spectators”, tells Nice Matin. An exceptional moment on one of the most emblematic places of the world’s 7th art, where Halle Berry was able to carefully pass on the precious Olympic torch to the general delegate of the Cannes Festival. Enough to perhaps make Estelle Denis cringe, who protests against the people who carry the flame “but we’ve never seen him in a tracksuit”.

Soccer star Megan Rapinoe also present

The other big surprise of this Cannes stop came from Megan Rapinoe, the emblematic former captain of the American women’s football team. A sports icon in the United States, the player took part in an improvised collective relay on the Croisette alongside other athletes from “Team USA”, including “Snowboarding superstar Shaun White, multiple Olympic gold medalist”.

A moment of communion between these powerful personalities of American sport and the Olympic flame, now inseparable from the future Paris 2024 Games. An astonishing and warm surprise relay, reflecting the unwavering friendship that binds France and the United States .

The flame carried by stars in Monaco

After igniting the steps of the Palais des Festivals in Cannes, the Olympic flame headed to the prestigious principality of Monaco in the afternoon.

It was the Monegasque champion Charles Leclerc, a rising star of Formula 1, who had the honor of opening the relay on the Rock. A journey which ended with great fanfare on the square in front of the Prince’s Palace, in front of a hand-picked assembly.

A much-anticipated moment, Prince Albert II and Princess Charlene donned official Olympic attire to seize the precious torch. The Monegasque sovereigns paraded for a long time with the torch, joined by their children, the twins Jacques and Gabriella.

Arriving on May 8 in the Old Port of Marseille, where the singer Jul lit the Olympic cauldron, the Olympic flame continues its journey across France. After Monaco, she will stop in Antibes before returning to the capital on July 26.

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