Direct. Olympic flame in Nice: the flame has now arrived in Grasse


Cyril Bottollier-Lemallaz

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June 18, 2024 at 6:04 a.m.
; updated June 18, 2024 at 9:56 a.m.

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It’s the great return of the Olympic flame, the final stretch before arriving in Paris for the Olympic Games. This Tuesday, June 18, 2024, the torch relay will be established in the Alpes-Maritimes and in the principality of Monaco.

It will pass through the towns of Villefranche-sur-Mer, Grasse, Cannes, Valberg, Antibes, Valdeblore La Colmiane and Nice, as well as Monaco. She will emerge from the water at 8:05 a.m. in Villefranche and light the cauldron in Nice at 7:20 p.m. Experience the day with us, live.

Follow live with Manon Reinhardt and Cyril Bottollier-Lemallaz.

9:15 a.m. – The flame is now in Grasse

The precious flame has just arrived in Grasse. She begins her relay which takes place over 3.5 kilometers in the perfume capital. In total, 18 porters will follow one another to the Louis Perdigon stadium. Jacques Chibois, the two-star chef, will collect it in a few moments.

The spectators are there and the atmosphere is at its height to welcome this symbolic Olympic flame.

8:43 a.m. – The flame’s journey in Grasse

Just after Villefranche, the flame will be present in Grasse, with a departure scheduled for 9 a.m. from the Cours Honoré Cresp and an arrival scheduled for 9:53 a.m. at the Louis Perdigon stadium. Here is the route!

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The journey of the Olympic flame in Grasse. (©Paris 2024)

8:33 a.m. – The flame has arrived on dry land

After coming up from the depths of Villefranche harbor, Alice Modolo boarded a boat which took her back to the port of Villefranche. She was able to hand over the baton with Charles-Ange Ginésy, president of the departmental council, and HSH Prince Albert II of Monaco as witnesses.

8:20 a.m. – The flame comes out of the water

Incredible images that mix the elements: Alice Modolo came out of the water with the torch in hand!

8:13 a.m. – The flame’s journey to Villefranche-sur-Mer

As Alice Modolo emerges from the water with the flame, here is her journey through the town of Villefranche-sur-Mer. The departure was given at 8:05 a.m. and she should arrive at the citadel around 8:35 a.m.

The Olympic torch relay in Villefranche-sur-Mer. (©Paris 2024)

8:03 a.m. – Start of live

Hello everyone, welcome to this live. It’s the big day for the Alpes-Maritimes: our department is hosting the 34th stage of the Olympic torch relay. For its grand return to mainland France, after passing through overseas communities, the flame… will emerge from the water! In less than 5 minutes, Alice Modolo, world freediving vice-champion, will carry the flame into the bay of Villefranche.

A historic Olympic day

The Olympic flame returns from overseas via the Mediterranean, a technological and sporting feat which will be carried out by Alice Modolo, world freediving champion, first torchbearer of the day.

Many athletes, including Maxime Montaggioni, Alexis Pinturault, Sébastien Camus, Alizé Cornet, singer Ben Mazué and Stéphane Diagana as the last torchbearer will participate in the event. Activities are planned in Nice, in the port area.

In terms of traffic, the day promises to be complicated, since it will be prohibited during the passage of the flame in the towns, on the routes, and the same for parking. Enough to worry many Côte d’Ivoire residents who are getting organized.

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