This Saturday, October 30, we are 1,000 days away from the Paris 2024 Olympic Games. The Olympic and Paralympic Games which arouse enthusiasm and hope for many Ile-de-France residents, while others denounce the environmental consequences of the projects in progress, particularly in Seine-Saint -Denis.
With 1,000 days before the Paris 2024 Olympic Games, opinions remain divided on the advisability of organizing this world event in France and in particular in the Paris region where thousands of athletes and tourists are expected in three years. A region where the projects already launched for these Olympics raise hope for some, concerns for others.
Seine-Saint-Denis is the department that will host a large part of the events in 2024, at the Stade de France obviously, but also water polo and synchronized swimming in the future aquatic center (CAO) currently under construction in Saint-Denis. . Without forgetting, the media village in Dugny and especially the Olympic village where the 17,000 athletes will stay. This village, located straddling the municipalities of Saint-Ouen, L’Ile-Saint-Denis, will then be transformed into a residential district with thousands of housing options. The Olympics are above all “an accelerator and an enhancer of our project”, assures Mohamed Gnabaly, the mayor of L’Ile-Saint-Denis.
There are also many expectations from tourism professionals, especially after years marked by the historic Covid crisis. Antoine Laval, owner of a “small hotel” in the 20th arrondissement of Paris, hopes to feel the economic benefits of Paris 2024 even before the start of the Games.
“We expect fallout before and after the Olympics” – Antoine Laval, owner of a Parisian hotel
In Montreuil, the integration company Label Gamelle, which distributes meals in accommodation centers in the Paris region, already succeeded in winning a contract last September. The twenty or so employees prepared a buffet for 500 people during an event organized by La Solideo (delivery company for Olympic structures) with the construction industry. “When I got the phone call, I went to my team and I told them, you will never believe who called me ?!”, says Christine Merckelbagh, the co-founder. She hopes to land more contracts by 2024 and during the Games.
But these Games also provoke the anger of certain inhabitants of 93. In Saint-Denis, a motorway interchange between the A86 and the A1 is under construction in the Pleyel district. It should, among other things, better serve the future athletes’ village. But in recent months, the site has become “unlivable” for Rosa, local resident and president of the association Vivre à Pleyel. “Even with the TV on and the double glazing in my house, I hear the noise of the construction,” she laments.
“Even with the TV on and the double glazing, I can hear the noise!” – REPORTING
For three years, parents of students from the Anatole France school group have been mobilizing against this interchange which will surround the school where 600 students are educated. For Cécile, mother of two students, it will inevitably cause “problems of air pollution, noise and road safety”. Petitions and legal action have come to nothing. Today, there is only one solution for these parents: that the school be moved.
Finally, Ile-de-France athletes who were lucky enough to participate in these Games are tirelessly preparing for them. No way to miss this meeting at home for Rafik Arabat. “It’s an additional motivation because I tell myself that for once my whole family can be there”, explains the weightlifting champion. The thirty-something, who lives in La Courneuve, hopes above all that these Olympics will finally advance the visibility of disabled athletes like him. “I want to believe it, it’s important, because in the end, all the athletes share the same goal, the medal.”
The young people of CA Montreuil 93, one of the most important athletics club in France, they intend to participate in the Olympic adventure. In competition ? “It’s a dream, we do everything to work but we also have to be realistic,” said Aïcha, 18, a specialist in hurdles and sprints. If it is not on the Stade de France track, the young athletes hope at least to be in the stands of the Stade de France or to be able to volunteer for the organization of the Games. That’s good Paris 2024 announced, in September, the recruitment of 45,000 “volunteers” for these Olympics at home.
The 2024 Olympics in Paris? “It’s a dream !” – Report to the athletics club of Montreuil the CAM 93
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