French Embassy leads relay, launches photo exhibit to commemorate Paris 2024 Olympic

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From left, Greek Ambassador Ioannis Pediotis and French Ambassador Marie Fontanel launched a symbolic relay at the iconic SM Mall of Asia Globe that coincides with the lighting of the Paris 2024 Olympic Flame.

The Embassy of France to the Philippines, in partnership with SM SuperMalls, organized a symbolic relay between the Greek Ambassador Ioannis Pediotis and French Ambassador Marie Fontanel on April 16, the day Paris 2024 Olympic Flame was lit in the sanctuary of Olympia in Greece.

The relay, which was held at the SM Mall of Asia Globe, is part of the series of events organized until September 8 until the closing day of Paralympic Games.

“Inclusivity, audacity, and innovation are the key words of the 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games, but also those that best characterize France. We will continue to promote this spirit not only for the 2024 Summer Olympics, but also within our cooperation with our Filipino partners,” said Ambassador Fontanel.

Following the relay, Ambassador Fontanel and Ambassador Pediotis also led the inauguration of an exhibit titled “Legacy in Motion: A Visual Tribute to Olympic and Paralympic Athletes” at S Maison. The exhibit is presented by Agence France-Presse (AFP), Alliance Française de Manille and the Embassy of France to the Philippines, with the support of Decathlon, and SM SuperMalls.

Through a carefully curated collection of images from world-renowned Agence France-Presse, the exhibition in the Philippines offers a poignant tribute to the athletes and sports that have defined the Olympic movement.

For the showcase in the Philippines, photos of Filipino athletes, namely Hidilyn Diaz, Margielyn Arda Didal, Eumir Felix Marcial, Carlos Edriel Yulo, Nesthy Petecio, who participated in the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, and Michael Christian Martinez, who participated in the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics were showcased.

The exhibit runs from April 16 to 26 at S Maison, May 20 to 26 at The Podium, and June 21 to 30 at SM Aura (TBC).

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