The Paralympic Flame will stop in Laon on August 26, 2024

On the occasion of inauguration for Paris 2024on November 10, of the Paralympic Torch Relay, The department and city of Laon are pleased to announce that Laon has been chosen as one of the 50 stopover cities..

The day after the Olympic Games and after the passage of the Flame in Aisne, on July 17, 2024, the world will have an appointment with the second stage of Paris 2024: the Paralympic Games.
This new relay will mark the return of the Games, of high-performance sport, of emotions but also the return of the Flame to our territory.

For 4 days, from August 25 to 28, 2024, some 1,000 scouts will carry the Paralympic Flame in around fifty cities spread across all regions of France. She will officially arrive at our apartment, in LaonHE Tuesday August 26, 2024.

The Paralympic Flame will be lit in Great Britain, in Stoke Mandeville, the birthplace of Paralympic sportbefore arriving in France through the Eurotunnel.
24 English athletes will symbolically begin to cross the Channel Tunnel and, halfway between the United Kingdom and France, 24 French athletes will join to transmit the Flame and energy of the Games.

Upon arrival in France, in Calais, The Flame will divide into 12 Llamas on the borders of France. reach the largest possible number of French people and create a network that covers all territories. These 12 Flames symbolize the 12 days of celebration and unique emotions of the Paralympic Games.

Each of them will take their own path to call on fans from all over France to mobilize and play the second leg. They will meet and gather in Paris for the opening ceremony of the Paralympic Games which will take place in the Place de la Concorde..

The mayor of the city of Laon, Eric Delhaye
and Annie Tujek, departmental advisor
of the Canton of Laon 1 during the inauguration
of the Paralympic Torch Relay.

Highlights of the Paralympic Torch Relay route the commitment of the Department and the city of Laon to sport and the Games, the commitment to promoting inclusion in sport and raising awareness about disability as well as French history and heritage.

In Laon, celebrations will be organized in the city on Relay Day. This day will be a real event and easy to access for all residents and families. A way to experience the Paralympic Torch Relay in a friendly way with activities and introduction to the practice of Para sport that will be made available to everyone.

The Relais des Éclaireurs de Laon will be made up of small and large human stories honoring Axon athletes.

An actor of human solidarity, the Department invests daily in a more inclusive society! Organizing the Paralympic Relay is a fantastic opportunity for us to share with all the residents of Axon these values ​​of cohesion, resilience and mutual aid so loved in our territory and to remember the unifying power of sport, beyond differences. » declares Nicolas Fricoteaux, president of the Aisne Departmental Councilon the occasion of the inauguration of the Paralympic Flame route towards Paris 2024.

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