On Sunday, the delayed Tokyo 2020 Olympics curtains closed after 19 days of competition as more than 11,600 athletes competed for glory.
Mayor Anne Hidalgo returned to the French capital on Monday with the Olympic flag from Tokyo ahead of Paris’s turn to host the Games in 2024.
Holding the Olympic Games during a pandemic meant there were no fans inside venues for the first time in its 125-year history, while athletes, media, volunteers, and officials had to adhere to strict Covid-19 precautions.
All were delighted by the lack of major outbreaks, so allowing most athletes to take part in the Games after months of uncertainty.
The United States finished top of the medal table with 39 gold medals, one more than China at 38, and hosts Japan at 27.
Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo brandished the Olympic flag after disembarking from the Air France flight that brought many of France’s Olympic medalists back to Charles de Gaulle airport.
Hidalgo, who formally received the flag Sunday during the Tokyo closing ceremony from International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach, told reporters the flag “is the symbol that now, really, the Paris Games are coming”, adding: They will be “very positive for our country”.
The Olympic flag was raised at Paris City Hall later on Monday. A celebration then took place at Trocadéro square, which overlooks the Eiffel Tower, where people welcomed the French medalists home.