Preparations for the Opening Ceremony of the Paris 2024 Olympic Games

Paris 2024 Olympics Opening Ceremony Capacity Reduced by Half for Safety Reasons

French Interior Minister Gérald Darmanin Announces Massive Security Measures for Historic Event

Paris, March 6, 2024

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In an announcement that has shaken the foundations of Olympic planning in Paris, French Interior Minister Gérald Darmanin has confirmed a drastic reduction in attendance capacity for the Opening Ceremony of the 2024 Olympic Games. is produced in response to safety concerns and seeks to ensure the protection of attendees and the smooth completion of the iconic event.

Originally planned to accommodate around 600,000 spectators along the banks of the Seine River, the capacity has been reduced to approximately 300,000 people, as announced by Minister Darmanin in an interview with the French television network France 2. This decision represents a significant adjustment to the organizers' original plans.

The opening ceremony, scheduled for July 26, will mark a milestone in Olympic history as it will be the first time it has been held outside the traditional setting of a stadium. The location along the Seine River reflects the vision of a more inclusive games and represents an unprecedented logistical and security challenge.

Minister Darmanin detailed planned security measures, including an anti-terrorist security perimeter in the days leading up to the event, public access restrictions and a "very significant" anti-drone protocol. Additionally, airspace over Paris will be closed for five hours on the night of the ceremony to avoid any disruption.

Despite the reduction in attendance capacity, Darmanin expressed confidence in the ability of French security forces to ensure a safe and successful event. "I know that we have the best security forces in the world and we will be able to show that France is capable of winning medals and, above all, of receiving the world without problems," he declared.

French President Emmanuel Macron has also addressed security concerns, pointing to the possibility of moving the ceremony in case of extreme threats during the run-up to the games. The reference to the deadly extremist attacks that hit Paris in 2015 highlights the seriousness with which security measures are taken amid the current climate of terrorist threats.