Macron on the 2024 Olympics: the opening ceremony will be “limited to the Trocadéro” in the event of a threat

15 April 2024 / Jerome Goulon

Invited this Monday morning on RMC and BFMTV, Emmanuel Macron spoke about the Paris 2024 Olympic Games which will take place from Friday July 26 to Sunday August 11. Questioned by Apolline de Malherbe, the President of the Republic returned to several subjects, including that of security.

Emmanuel Macron thus indicated that in the event of a threat, there were “plan B” even “C plans”, and that if necessary, the opening ceremony would be “limited to Trocadéro” or even at the Stade de France, adding “We will do an analysis in real time. » On the security issue, the president wanted to be reassuring, concluding: “If there’s anywhere your son will be safe, it’s there. »

In a very tense international context, the Head of State also declared that he hoped for an Olympic truce during the duration of the events, whether between Russia and Ukraine or between Israel and Hamas, specifying: “We are going to work for the Olympic truce.” Despite this desire for peace, Macron nevertheless indicated that the Russian Federation will not be invited to participate in the “international summit” with the Olympic committee scheduled the day before the start of the Olympics.

Asked about Iran's recent attack on Israel, Emmanuel Macron said that France had carried out “interceptions” at Jordan's request, and considered that Iran had responded “disproportionately” to the attack on its consulate in Damascus.

To return to the Olympics, the French president wanted to brush aside a rumor, indicating that he was not " unforeseen " that he carries the Olympic flame.

Finally, Emmanuel Macron supported Aya Nakamura, expected to sing Edith Piaf during the opening ceremony of the Olympic Games, affirming « she will be one of the artists", and deploring the fact that there was eu “really racist reactions. »