before the arrival of the Olympic flame, the Belem parade off the coast of Marseille

before the arrival of the Olympic flame, the Belem parade off the coast of Marseille
before the arrival of the Olympic flame, the Belem parade off the coast of Marseille

The Olympic flame is preparing to land in France. Lit in the sanctuary of Olympia in Greece on April 16, it ended its journey in the Mediterranean aboard the Belem and arrived off the coast of Marseille this Wednesday, May 8, 78 days before the Olympic Games, which will be held in Paris from July 26 to August 11.

After a parade off the coast of the Phocaean city accompanied by 1,024 boats, the famous three-masted ship will enter the Old Port at 7 p.m. The Marseille tenor Naestro will perform The Marseillaise a cappella, before the Olympic cauldron was then lit by a person whose identity was kept secret.

Then a giant concert will be organized with Soprano and Alonzo as headliners. The two artists will be installed on a floating stage. 45,000 spectators are expected for the event, while organizers hope for up to a billion people watching their televisions around the world.

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3:22 p.m.: the official program of the evening

7 p.m.: Belem enters the Old Port

7:10 p.m.: demonstration of the Patrouille de France

7:39 p.m.: descent of the flame bearer

7:44 p.m.: lighting of the cauldron

8:30 p.m.: concert by Soprano and Alonzo on a floating stage

3:11 p.m.: the Belem parade off the coast of Marseille

The majestic sailboat was seen off the coast of Marseille around 8:00 a.m. At 11:00 a.m., joined by hundreds of boats, sail or motor, he began to the sound of sirens a navigation of several hours which will pass by the southern harbor, the Frioul islands, on a calm sea and under a radiant sun.

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