Olympic Flame in Paris

dsc04049.jpgdsc04061.jpgdsc04057.jpgThe 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.)


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.

5 thoughts on “Olympic Flame in Paris

  • Mary

    I just read that the course of the flame was disrupted, or at least it was delayed, possibly stopped.

    World events do play a part in the Olympics – right or wrong. China’s handling of Tibet has upset many people. This is their opportunity to show their anger and to show it in a venue that is watched by many.

  • Parisgirl Post author

    There is already enough anger in the world. Good will is the golden rule. Having lived for several years in New York City, I learned that making a lot of noise was the way things got done. One learns to adapt to one’s environment. But I never felt very good about making noise.

  • Mary

    Good will is important and it is what keep this world going – the kindness of people, sometimes even of strangers.

    Having said that, both France and the U.S., through anger and revolution, changed the course of their countries. People starving in France while their king and his pals gorged themselves. The U.S. having to pay exorbitant taxes to England for what rightfully belonged to them.

    New Yorkers are known for their “noise”. It’s the way they are – open, not particularly diplomatic, expectant and brutally honest. Oregonians are more “politically correct” sometimes so concerned about hurting someone’s feelings, they hide their true thoughts. I find all this most interesting, fascinating and worth a study unto itself.

    In the final analysis, I think it boils down to what each of us values. If we think freedom is important and the Tibetans want it, then maybe it’s something some of us want to make noise about.

  • Parisgirl

    Thank you for this very thoughtful and appropriate comment. Those are the differences (between Georgians (from the US state of Georgia, not Russian Georgians) and New Yorkers that have made the US such a wonderfully diverse – and sometimes very noisy country. There’s room enough for everyone to find someplace to feel at home. We all want someplace to call ‘home’. Certainly the events of the past few weeks have engendered discussion – and hopefully – eventually fruitful dialogue.
    China and Russia in addition to the US and France changed the course of their country’s history with revolution – but you may also remember that the first New York City ‘revolution’ was staged without a drop of blood when the Dutch handed over New Amsterdam to the British with the stroke of a quilled pen.

  • Mary

    Yes, indeed. Revolutions can be had without violence. Look at Canada! It’s rare, though. Gandhi tried in India.

    Wish I were in Paris A La Duchesse Anne so we could have a good chat in a city that lends itself so well to such an activity.

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