It will be possible to breathe again when the Olympic Games are held in Paris in 2024, according to the organizers.

People flock to Paris' Trocadéro gardens, which are nestled next to Seine River and under the shadow of the Eiffel Tower. The gardens have been attracting visitors for centuries.



In addition to attracting tourists, the gardens drew additional visitors during the Tokyo Olympic Games, who were mostly sports enthusiasts. The place was packed every day with Parisians and visitors alike, who coming to see their own countrymen compete on a massive screen.


When Anne Hidalgo, mayor of Paris, was presented with the Olympic flag at the closing ceremony in Tokyo on August 8, the celebration reached its zenith, as Paris prepared to host the next games in 2024 as part of the Paris 2024 preparations.


In order to commemorate the occasion, the "City of Lights" went all out: French astronaut Thomas Pesquet performed Le Marseilles, the French national anthem, on his saxophone from the International Space Station, and France's elite Patrouille de France air display team flew over the Trocadéro gardens, creating the French flag with smoke trails.


President of the organizing committee for the 2024 Paris Olympics, Tony Estanguet, said that "this event will serve as a preview of what will take place in Paris in 2024." Paris 2024's genetic code will be expressed, says the president.


The French capital has big preparations for the Summer Olympics, which will be held in the city precisely 100 years after it last hosted the sports event.


According to Estanguet, preparations for the 2024 Olympics are well advanced, and despite the problems posed by the epidemic, there are no substantial building delays.


Even though the Paris team is three years away from the 2024 Olympics, they remain optimistic that the epidemic that badly disrupted the Tokyo Games will be over by then.


The Paris 2024 organization's spokesman, Agathe Renoux, said, "Of course, we are learning a lot, just as we have done here in Tokyo, about how to adapt to the problems of a pandemic." "We are prepared to adjust and remain focused on our great Games," said the team.


Mayor of the Parisian district of Saint Denis, which will house the showpiece of the Olympic infrastructure — the athletes' village — Mathieu Hanotin expressed his excitement about hosting the Games.


"The joy was necessarily veiled," Hanotin told CNN, adding that with spectators barred from this year's Games because to Covid-19, "we will be allowed to breathe" come 2024.


In addition, Hanotin said that "we will put up a significant amount of effort to bring the experience back."


It's time for the Green Games to get started.


The two most important themes for the Games in the French capital, according to Estanguet, are "green" and "participation." Paris 2024 will be the first Olympics to be connected with the Paris Climate Agreement, which was signed in the city the previous year.


Paris 2024 organizers have guaranteed a 55 percent reduction in their carbon footprint compared to the 3.5 million ton average established by prior Olympic events in the city.


In order to do this, the first step is to reduce construction. Approximately 75% of the facilities for the Games in Paris 2024 were built prior to the Games, with the other 20% being temporary in nature (see Figure 1). In other words, just 5 percent of the facilities — the Olympic Village and the Olympic Aquatics Center — will be permanent new construction, a ten-fold decrease from prior Games.


As Estanguet put it, "If there is no necessity, we will not construct it." "For the time being, we'll make do with one."


Beach volleyball will be held at a temporary stadium erected in the heart of the city, on the iconic Champs de Mars, with the Eiffel Tower as a background, following in the footsteps of the London 2012 Olympics.


To the east, the archery competition will take place on the enormous lawn in front of Les Invalides, while the equestrian competition will take place in the lavish grounds of the Palace of Versailles.


Even while organizers haven't revealed any specifics about the opening ceremony, which will be held in the heart of Paris for the first time, Estanguet has stressed the need of "connecting the populace."


The 'beating heart' of the Olympic Games.


With an eye on hosting the 2024 Olympics in Saint Denis, a northern suburb of Paris that was home to the Stade de France during the 1998 World Cup, the city chose to build an Olympic Village, an athletics stadium, and a new aquatics complex.


In recent years, Saint Denis has had a number of economic and social difficulties. As Hanotin put it, "the throbbing heart of the Olympic Games" is what the region is aiming to become in order to reclaim its glory.


There is an estimated one billion euros ($1.18 billion) in Olympic-related investment planned for the city, which will allow for the creation of much-needed infrastructure such as subway and road connections.


Furthermore, it establishes a firm timetable for the completion of the project, which is 2024, for the residents of St. Denis.


In the words of Hanotin, "it will enable us to do in a few years what would normally take 15 or 20 years to complete."


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In spite of this, the building sprint has raised local worries that projects are being implemented without enough public deliberation or engagement.


In the midst of the village of Le Pleyel (population 13,000), a new junction on the A86, Paris' outer ring road, would bring up to 20,000 automobiles of traffic, according to official estimates, passing through a major school district and the core of the community.


Some residents in the region are worried about the long-term consequences that increasing air and noise pollution may have on youngsters in the vicinity — and they are not alone in their concerns.


Environmental assessments by the government itself, released in 2019, found that the proposal will raise pollutants "especially at the Pleyel crossroads," where the schools are located, and "may have a substantial impact on the surrounding community."


Locals, on the other hand, claim that the state has taken no action.


More than 13,000 individuals have signed an online petition calling for the project to be reworked as of this date. As part of their opposition to the project, activist organizations have filed an administrative complaint with the Council of State, which serves as the country's highest administrative court, at the end of 2020. They are presently waiting for a judgment on the case.


"What has been promised is that the materials used to construct the Olympic Village would be environmentally friendly," Gintrac said. According to him: "But the environment, for us, is defined by our living quarters as well as our breathing air and hearing sounds."