2 July 2024

Olympic torch relay

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Home to more than 2.6 million people, Nord is the most populous department in France. From its beaches to its cultural and historic buildings and cuisine, Nord has a lot going for it. The Olympic torch will arrive to the department on Tuesday, 2 July, beginning this stage of the relay next to the fortifications of Avesnes-sur-Helpe, first built sometime in the 11th century. Then it's off to Dunkirk, a port city where the sequence will draw to a close in front of the 58-metre belfry that has loomed large over the city since 1440.

The Olympic torch will also go to Wallers-Arenberg, an old mining site that has entered the legend of Paris–Roubaix thanks to the Trouée d'Arenberg cobbled sector. After a stop in Cambrai, known for its bêtises (a confectionery invented in the 19th century), the torch will travel from Tourcoing to the venerated Roubaix Velodrome. From Roubaix it will head to Douai, where it will run past the belfry dating from 1380. The torch will call it a day in Lille.


Wallers-Arenberg, a town of 5.000 inhabitants, is impatiently awaiting the Olympic flame