Tuiga joins parade

Olympic Flame arrives in Marseille

8th May 2024

A hundred years after the last Summer Olympics in France and with 79 days to go to the opening ceremony of the Paris 2024 games, the Olympic torch landed safely in Marseille aboard Belem. After a journey of 12 days from Athens the three-master arrived in the Phoenician city on Wednesday 8th May.


Festivities that included giant screens, an air display by Patrouille de France and concerts kicked off in the Marseille’s north harbour with a grand maritime parade on a scale to match the occasion. More than a thousand boats accompanied Belem, among them was Yacht Club de Monaco’s flagship Tuiga crewed as always by enthusiastic members.

At the end of the day, the torch was entrusted to singer Jul, the first bearer of the flame on French soil. After being carried across a giant floating athletics track, it was taken to light the Olympic cauldron. After Marseille the flame will travel through France, arriving in Paris on Friday 26th July for the opening ceremony.