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As the Olympic games in Tokyo came to a close, Paris, the next city to host, has already begun its celebrations.

Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo received and waved an Olympic flag in the Tokyo stadium during the closing ceremony on Sunday, a traditional transition to the next city. However, there were a few differences from how the handover is generally done during the celebration.

Emmanuel Macron, the French president, made brief remarks, stating the modified Olympic motto: “Faster, higher, and more powerful. Together.” French Olympic athletes who had returned from the Tokyo games were also on stage near the Eiffel Tower.

The National Orchestra of France sang the French national anthem in a filmed video that brought spectators across Paris. French astronaut Thomas Pesquet plays the Marseillaise on the saxophone from orbit at the end of the national anthem.

The Olympic flag for Paris 2024 was unfurled from the Eiffel Tower, setting a global record as the largest banner ever flown – it’s approximately the size of a football field, according to organizers. The Patrouille Acrobatique de France performed a flyover in which the country’s flag was displayed in the sky.

The event’s visuals also showed what the Paris Olympics would look like in three years. The contests will be held in the heart of the city, with the opening ceremony taking place along the Seine River in the heart of Paris, rather than in a stadium. The last time Paris held the Olympic games was in 1924, almost a century ago.

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