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From the space station to the Eiffel Tower, bonjour, Paris-2024!

From the space station to the Eiffel Tower, bonjour, Paris-2024!

A popular party with an exhibition of breakdancing in front of the Eiffel Tower and even an astronaut playing La Marseillaise chords with a saxophone from space: Paris launched a universal message of hope and vitality with the prospect of the next Summer Games.

Live, the closing ceremony of the Tokyo 2020 Games reserved a window for a live connection with Paris, a seven-hour time difference, from the Japanese night to the beginning of the French afternoon, where Olympic medalists of these Games, like the athlete Kevin Mayer or the judokas Clarisse Agbegnebou and Teddy Riner, they were surrounded by fans at a party full of tricolor flags in the Trocadero gardens, in front of the Eiffel Tower.

It was planned that a giant flag (90 meters long by 60 wide, for an area of ​​5,400 m2) with the logo of Paris-2024 would be displayed, but the weather conditions made it impossible to carry out at the time and the image of the emblematic ‘Iron Lady’ shining before the world like a luxury mast was virtual.

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All this accompanied by an air show by the French Patrol around the famous monument.

«Faster, higher, stronger, together»: the new Olympic motto, on the lips of the President of the French Republic, Emmanuel Macron, gave solemnity in the video, from the top floor of that Eiffel Tower, to the welcome of France to what will be the third Olympic Games in its history, after those that Baron Pierre de Coubertin brought to his country in 1990 and those that the country hosted in 1924.

Macron had attended the opening ceremony of these Games on July 23. On this occasion, the institutional presence was symbolized by the mayor of Paris, Anne Hidalgo, who received the Olympic flag from the governor of Tokyo, Yuriko Koike.

Anne Hidalgo, born in San Fernando (Andalusia, Spain) and mayor of Paris since 2014, was able to wave the banner with the five rings and, keeping the mask at all times like the rest of the authorities, receive the symbolic relay.

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The presentation of the flag served to raise the curtain on the part of the ceremony in which Paris was presented in a video. And to do this he took muscle from his world-famous tourist icons, starting with a trip with the Marseillaise anthem performed by musicians from the French National Orchestra, with certain fragments being performed from emblematic places, from the roof of the Stade de France to the great Stairs of the Louvre museum with the Victory of Samothrace, passing by the skateboarding park in the Diderot de Saint-Denis square.

And from the periphery of Paris to space. As a symbol of the universality of the Games, astronaut Thomas Pesquet of the European Space Agency concluded his country’s national anthem from the International Space Station with a saxophone.

– BMX from roof to roof –

Defying gravity too, but closer to the ground, a real race across the rooftops of Paris then began in the video.

This is how BMX rider Estelle Majal began a frantic race across the rooftops of the ‘City of Light’. From the Hôtel de la Monnaie to the Musée d’Orsay, the Grand Palais, the Opera Garnier or the Arc de Triomphe, ending at the Pantheon.

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An authentic express tourist trip through Paris, at a frenetic pace, with music created by the composer Yoann Lemoine ‘Woodkid’, who in the past collaborated with pop stars such as Rihanna or Lana del Rey or whose music has been used for films by Steven Spielberg, Xavier Dolan or Jonás Cuarón.

Until arriving at the tremendous moment of the connection with Paris and the Eiffel Tower, which was the star guest of the closing ceremony in Tokyo, despite not moving from its place on the banks of the Seine River, 9,712 kilometers from the Olympic stadium in Tokyo.

Japan and France thus sealed the passage of the witness in this ceremony in which Edith Piaf’s “Hymn to Love”, performed in Japanese and French, also sounded like an authentic declaration of intent. (AFP)

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