Olympic torch now in France: see its route around country

Around 10,500 people will carry torch to all four corners of France before Opening Ceremony

The torch will pass through dozens of cities in the months leading up to the Opening Ceremony
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The Olympic torch arrived in Marseille earlier this week and is continuing its journey to Paris - via mainland France and overseas territories - where it is set to arrive in the capital on July 26 for the Opening Ceremony.

The torch was lit in Olympia, Greece on April 16 – the spiritual home of the Games – with Greek gold medalist rower Stefanos Douskos being the first to carry it.

It was placed on the historic ship 'Belem', after it travelled through Greece, which transported it to the historic city of Marseille on Wednesday (May 8).

It took part in a boat 'parade' along the city's waters, with hundreds of thousands of people descending on the city to see the celebrated flame.

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The torch is now poised to travel across France – including to many of the overseas departments and territories – before reaching the capital where it will light the cauldron at the end of the ceremony in the Trocadero. 

Today (May 10) it will travel through the Var, before heading north to the Alpes-de-Haute-Provence department.

It has not yet been confirmed, but Olympic insiders say the cauldron, which burns continuously throughout the Olympic and Paralympic Games, will be attached to the Eiffel tower in some way.

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Where will the torch pass by? 

You can click on the image of the map below to expand and zoom in it, to see the route more closely. 

Around 11,00 people will carry the torch on French ground during its journey, including celebrities, athletes, actors, and even chefs. 

A number of everyday residents and citizens will also carry the torch. Each person will spend around four minutes holding the torch alight, running with it for around 200 metres before passing it onto the next person.

A list of the main stops of the torch is listed below. Note this is not exhaustive and some additional smaller stops may take place between them. 

May 8-9: Marseille

May 10: Toulon

May 11: Manosque

May 12: Arles

May 13: Montpellier

May 14: Bastia

May 15: Perpignan

May 16: Carcassonne

May 17: Toulouse

May 18: Auch

May 19: Tarbes

May 20: Pau

May 22: Périgueux

May 23: Bordeaux

May 24: Angoulême

May 25: Futuroscope

May 27: Châteauroux

May 28: Angers

May 29: Laval

May 30: Caen

May 31: Mont Saint-Michel

June 1: Rennes

June 2: Niort

June 4: Les Sables-d'Olonne

June 5: La Baule

June 6: Vannes

June 7: Brest

June 9: Cayenne (French Guiana)

June 12: Saint-Denis (Réunion)

June 13: Papeete (French Polynesia)

June 15: Baie-Mahault (Guadeloupe)

June 17: Fort-de-France (Martinique)

June 18: Nice

June 19: Avignon

June 20: Valence

June 21: Vichy

June 22: Saint-Étienne

June 23: Chamonix

June 25: Besançon

June 26: Strasbourg

June 27: Metz

June 28: Saint-Dizier

June 29: Verdun

June 30: Reims

July 2: Lille

July 3: Lens – Liévin

July 4: Amiens

July 5: Le Havre

July 6: Vernon

July 7: Chartres

July 9: Blois

July 10: Orléans

July 11: Auxerre

July 12: Dijon

July 13: Troyes

July 14-15: Paris

July 17: Saint-Quentin

July 18: Beauvais

July 19: Soisy-sous-Montmorency

July 20: Meaux

July 21: Créteil

July 22: Évry-Courcouronnes

July 23: Versailles

July 24: Esplanade de La Défense, Nanterre

July 25: Parc Georges-Valbon

July 26: Paris - Olympic Games opening ceremony

If you are set to be a torchbearer, or are involved in the Games in any other way, let us know via news@connexionfrance.com