Languedoc winemaker Gérard Bertrand carries Olympic flame

Languedoc winemaker Gérard Bertrand carries Olympic flame

From 26 July to 11 August next, the Olympic Games will take place in Paris. The fire is traditionally lit 100 days before the games in Olympia, the site of the ancient games in Greece. A torch is then carried via a relay race to the city of the games, this year Paris. About 10,000 torchbearers are involved in the 12,000km run this year.
Text: Ingrid Larmoyeur | Image: Gérard Bertrand

Traditionally, numerous public figures, both athletes and non-athletes, carry the torch.
  The torch arrived in Marseille on 8 May (via boat from Athens). Ireen Wüst was one of the members of the team relay who were allowed to carry the torch from Marseille. 

On 16 May, French organic Languedoc winemaker Gérard Bertrand had the honour of carrying the torch. Bertrand was proud, "because it is my territory and especially because it symbolises self-transcendence and the peace we need in the world".

From 9-17 June, the torch will travel from Brest to France's overseas territories (French Guiana, Reunion, New Caledonia, French Polynesia, Guadeloupe and Martinique) back to Nice. On 18 June, the torch finally leaves for Paris via Metz, Lille, Le Havre and Dijon, among others. Here, the last runner may light the flame in the Olympic stadium in Paris on 26 July during the opening ceremony of the games.


Who knows, maybe we will get to see another winemaker in Dijon, this time from Burgundy....

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