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The Paris Olympics countdown is greeted by French riots and Ukraine war distress

By Noemie Bisserbe and Louise Radnofsky

25 Jul 2023 · 5 min read

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  1. The 2024 Olympic Games in Paris are already causing social unrest in the suburbs, where many of the events are set to take place.

SAINT-DENIS, France—The reality of the 2024 Olympic Games in Paris, now just a year away, is straining organizers’ high hopes for harmony.

For France, the games have been billed as a unifying event, aimed at healing a fragmented country. For the Olympic movement, 2024 is supposed to mark a welcome return to normal after a string of Games hosted by authoritarian regimes or dominated by questions around poverty and a global pandemic.

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