The Olympic Flame arrived in Paris via Gare du Nord – the same way many British visitors would arrive via Eurostar (It would have been really something if rather than arrive by train – the runners could have run through the chunnel. Maybe that would have been one place where the security headaches could have been avoided.)
Scheduled for 12:30 pm, events at the Eiffel Tower starting point for the relay actually began sooner than expected. That in itself is extraordinary for any official event in Paris ( French television missed filming the first ‘incident’ of the day with a protester attempting to take the torch out of the hands of Olympic runner Stephane Diagana just as he finished his descent from the 2nd level of the Eiffel Tower.)
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French police are here in force and doing their job – which is to maintain order while allowing peaceful protests to be conducted as long as protests do not obstruct the course of the Olympic flame.