The Olympic Flame Sets Sail for Marseille

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The sailing ship Belem set sail to carry the Olympic Flame to the port of Marseille with an escort of 1000 ships. In the meantime, the trireme of the Navy, "Olympias," together with 25 sailing vessels, accompanied the sailboat outside the port of Piraeus to the Microport, where it set sail for Marseille.

The President of the organizing authority of the Olympic Games, Toni Estanguet, a former Olympic champion in canoe kayak in Athens, held the Olympic flame in his hands, transporting it for the first time in history by sea to France on the beautiful sailing ship, a symbol of the country's maritime history.

After completing its Olympic mission in Marseille, Belem will arrive at five ports in France in the Mediterranean and the Atlantic. The torch relay will last 68 days and will conclude in Paris with the lighting of the Olympic cauldron at the opening ceremony on July 26. Along its route, the flame will be carried by around 10,000 torchbearers, stopping at iconic sites such as the Lascaux Caves, Mont Saint-Michel, and the Loire Castles, as well as places of remembrance such as the Verdun Memorial and the D-Day beaches in Normandy to commemorate the 80th anniversary of Liberation.

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