Paris Olympic committee announces new ticket sales

After extremely high demand for the draw for Olympic tickets left many disappointed, Paris 2024 organisers have announced an extra sales period this summer, including €24 tickets for 10 different sports.

Paris Olympic committee announces new ticket sales
From left, Paris mayor Anne Hidalgo, sports minister Amelie Oudea-Castera, Interior minister Gerald Darmanin and Paris Organising Committee president Tony Estanguet during the signing of the protocol for the opening ceremony of the 2024 Paris Games. Photo by Geoffroy Van der Hasselt / AFP

Phase two of the tickets sales – which, like phase 1 is organised in a lottery-style draw for slots on the ticket sales website – is still ongoing, but organisers on Tuesday announced an extra sales period over the summer.

This phase will be on a first-come, first-serve basis and will include 200,000 tickets at €24. An exact date has not been announced.

The first two phases of sales have seen extremely high demand that left many disappointed – even those who managed to get a sales slot found that their chosen events were sold out, or only the highest-price tickets were left.

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The organising committee also announced the opening date for sales for Paralympic tickets – October 9th.

For the Paralympics, tickets will begin at €15 and will not exceed €100 for a standard ticket.

In total 2.8 million tickets will go on sale, 500,000 of them at €15.

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Entertainers’ union plans strike for Olympics opening ceremony

A French performing artists union announced plans for a strike coinciding with the opening ceremony of the Olympic Games in Paris, protesting "outrageous disparities in treatment" between performers recruited for the spectacle.

Entertainers' union plans strike for Olympics opening ceremony

“We regret to have to announce filing a strike notice for the show on July 26th as well as for the upcoming rehearsals for the opening ceremony for the Paralympic Games” on August 28th, the union said in a statement.

It said it had “alerted” Paname24, the executive producer of the ceremonies, several times about contractual practices not in accordance with the collective agreement.

“We also highlighted outrageous disparities in treatment as well as an absence of social dialogue during preparations for the ceremonies,” the union added.

Asked by AFP, a member of the SFA-CGT union suggested that around “250 to 300 professional dancers” of the 3,000 signed up for the Olympics “were recruited under shameful (financial) conditions”.

“Why are some non-Parisian artists being paid and housed, when the majority of them — the most precarious — won’t be, even though they have the same employment contracts,” the union said.

Some 3,000 dancers, musicians and actors will take to the banks of the river Seine and its bridges as part of the ceremony which will carry athletes along a six-kilometre (four mile) route, the first time a summer Games has begun outside the main stadium.