French security forces turned down 13 individuals who had been chosen to participate in the torch relay for the 2024 Paris Olympics. This group included individuals with a history of drug offenses and a suspected Islamist, as stated by Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin on Monday. Approximately 12,000 individuals underwent screening after being selected for the 80-day relay spanning across France, commencing in Marseille on May 8 and concluding in time for the commencement of the Paris Games on July 26.
The Olympic flame is set to be ignited in Olympia, Greece, and subsequently transported to the southern French port of Marseille aboard the Belum, a three-masted 19th-century French tall ship, on May 8. While certain reports have hinted at its culmination on the Eiffel Tower, the organizers have chosen to keep the exact location of its final placement throughout the duration of the Games confidential.
Protests have previously disrupted Olympic relays, with the 2008 Paris event being a notable example. French law enforcement had to prematurely conclude the relay and frequently intervene to extinguish the flame due to demonstrators expressing opposition to China’s human rights record in protest of the Beijing Games held that year.