Olympic flame in the Alpes-Maritimes. Cannes, Antibes, Nice… The article to read to find out everything about the program and events

Olympic flame in the Alpes-Maritimes. Cannes, Antibes, Nice… The article to read to find out everything about the program and events
Olympic flame in the Alpes-Maritimes. Cannes, Antibes, Nice… The article to read to find out everything about the program and events

The Olympic flame continues on its merry way and arrives in the Alpes-Maritimes this Tuesday, June 18. A unique event which launches two days of celebration with a varied program and lots of people in the streets. Here is all the important information you need to know.

The flame is coming! We can say that she is coming back from somewhere else. After a fanfare arrival on May 8 in Marseille and its trip aboard the Belem, the Olympic flame will be this June 18 in the Alpes-Maritimes.

> Also read: update on traffic disruptions.

Among the 163 towns in the department, only seven were selected:

When does the flame arrive?

Lit in Olympia (twin city with Antibes) in Greece on April 16, the flame has since traveled hundreds of kilometers across the Mediterranean first and then France. Passing through several large cities such as Marseille on May 8 or Toulouse on the 12th, it crossed the country then the oceans before returning to mainland France via the Alpes-Maritimes on June 18. This is the 34th step.

She will emerge from Villefranche harbor on Tuesday June 18 at 8:05 a.m. from the hands of Alice Modolo, a freediver.

What are the best places to see it pass?

Difficult to favor one site more than another. But if we have to make choices, here are some notable spots:

  • HAS Villefranche, don’t think you can swim and see the flame coming out of the water! Swimming prohibited, best seen when disembarking on the pontoon of the Welcome hotel. Spectators are advised to position themselves around 7:45 a.m. along Quai Courbet, Place Amélie Pollonnais and Avenue Féodorovna to see the passage of the Flame. 8:35 a.m.: arrival at the Citadel.
  • Fat, departure at 9 a.m. from the Honoré Cresp course (a fan zone is planned from 8 a.m.) and for the symbol, go to the end of the stage in front of the work representing Baron Pierre de Coubertin at 9:53 a.m. Stade Louis Perdigon.
  • The passage on the red carpet of the Palais des Festivals Cannes will be an opportunity to remember the last festival when the beauty had already set the red carpet on fire on May 21.
  • The seaside route in Antibes starting at Pointe du Bacon and ending at the Fort Carré stadium should make for some great photos. Departure is scheduled for 3:07 p.m. sharp. The public will be able to position themselves throughout the route, with the exception of the part of Cap d’Antibes from Salis beach. A journey between sea and mountains:

The flame will leave Pointe du Bacon at 3:07 p.m. sharp, it will follow the seaside and arrive at the Fort Carré stadium at 4:22 p.m.

© City of Antibes

  • Don’t miss the summer toboggan ride and the zip line in Valberg and La Colmiane!
  • Finally, rmeet at the end of the afternoon in Nice to the cauldron lighting ceremony (7:20 p.m.) in Nice.

Entertainment during the day?

Villefranche – It all starts at 8:05 a.m., whenhe Flame will emerge from the harbor of Villefranche in the hands of Alice Modolo, a freediver. The Flame Relay will then pass through Quai Courbet, Avenue Féodorovna, to arrive at the Citadel. After the Torch Relay, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., activities and sports initiations are planned at the Bonifaci stadium (open primarily to schools). > Know everything.

Fat – at 8 a.m. on the Cours Honoré Cresp: musical and artistic entertainment sets the stage alight before the official departure of the first porter at 9 a.m. 19 torchbearers then follow each other every 200 meters
to Perdigon Stadium.

Valberg – From 1:18 p.m. to 1:28 p.m.: passing of the Flame on the square, and summer tobogganing.

4:33 p.m. A torchlight zipline descent in La Colmiane/Valdeblore with world champion judoka Loïc Pietri is planned! A passage of the Olympic flame at a speed of 120 km/h on the largest zip line in France with a descent of 2,663 meters too, spectacular, right? Festivities in tribute to the victims of storm Alex are announced.

4:53 p.m.: Arrival of the flame at the La Colmiane Snow and Altitude School, in the presence of children from Roquebillière college.

Cannes – Three sites will also host activities: the Allées de la Liberté with l’Espérance in Cannes; the Roseraie skatepark with a skateboard and scooter demonstration by the Departmental Committee 06 FF & Skateboard; and finally the Verdun square with a badminton demonstration by the Bad’06 committee. > Know everything.

Antibes – The flame will leave Pointe du Bacon at 3:07 p.m. sharp, it will follow the seaside and arrive at the Fort Carré stadium at 4:22 p.m. At the Fort Carré stadium, at the foot of Poilu, activities will be organized by Antibes sports clubs for around twenty primary and secondary school classes. The Fort Carré stadium is not open to the public. > Know everything.

Monaco – At 2:15 p.m., the Flame will leave Port Hercule, carried by six torchbearers in succession
to Palace Square. > Know everything.

NiceMeet from 3:30 p.m. and until 7:45 p.m.: Presence of great Nice champions and sporting activities linked to Nice clubs (athletics, basketball, breakdancing, skateboarding, judo, etc.) – Quai des Ponchettes and Quai des Études-uns. Freestyle football demo with Renaud Mauleon, ranked among the Top 16 in France, and Sistine de Mareschal, one of the best in Europe. But also BMX show, dance by Team Spotlight (semi-finalists of the show “France has Incredible Talent 2018″):

5:56 p.m.: Departure of the flame from Avenue des Grenouillères. Route along the Promenade des Anglais to the Quai des Études. After Place Garibaldi, head towards the Port of Nice, reaching its peak with the breathtaking view of the Baie des Anges from the castle hill.
7:20 p.m.: Arrival of the flame on the Quai desUnis and lighting of the Olympic cauldron by athlete Stéphane Diagana, specialist in the 400 meter hurdles and last torchbearer from the Riviera.

Will famous personalities carry the flame?

They will be among the carriers of the day: Alice Modolo, Vice-world champion in freediving, Julia Pereira de Sousa-Mabileau, Olympic Vice-champion of the 2018 Winter Games in snowboard cross, Loïc Pietri, World Champion in Judo in 2013 and originally from Colmiane, Jacques Chibois, Michelin-starred chef in Grasse, Alexandre Farrugia, President of handibasket le Cannet, former Paralympic athlete, Sébastien Camus, Ultrarail Champion and key figure in this discipline in France… Notably ! We can also cite well-known volunteers in the valleys, victims of the July 14 attack, figures in the local economy…

154 torchbearers are planned in the department.

Will we be able to move around?

→ Parking will be strictly prohibited on the entire route taken by the relay before the passage. Any vehicle in violation will be impounded, at the expense and risk of the offender.
→ No vehicles may circulate during the passage of the Flame in either direction.
traffic ;
→ Closure of the route approximately H-30 min to H+15/30 min: installation of shearing points and closure by barrier, presence of flaggers and/or law enforcement;

If you have to travel, check the timetables and possible bus diversion options carefully.
Choose to extend your journey and prepare it in advance to avoid any inconvenience.

> All the details in this article.

What if I don’t want to go?

From your mobile and on any screen, the The best moments of the Olympic flame’s journey in France are live and free on the France.tv website dedicated to the event:

> Relive them best moments of the Olympic flame journey in France.

Could the philosophy baccalaureate be disrupted?

The passage will begin in Villefranche-sur-Mer, then Grasse before Cannes and Nice. The problem is that the baccalaureate philosophy test will take place on the same day. And in Grasse in the Alpes-Maritimes, it is the day of the passing of the flame and the traffic lanes will be blocked from 8 a.m. Big stress for children and their parents!

In the city of perfumes, there is an examination center, the Lycée Amiral de Grasse.

The principal warned the students of this constraint on April 18. The rectorate, for its part, reminds that students are supposed to be in the exam center at 7:30 a.m., to prove their identity and find the exam room. But to reassure those who are worried, the rectorate specifies that students will be welcomed before the official opening of the doors from 6:30 a.m., with breakfast offered at 6:45 a.m. so that they are ready to compose in the best possible conditions.

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