The intriguing story behind the design of Paris 2024 Olympic torch

The intriguing story behind the design of Paris 2024 Olympic torch

Eric Munene • 09:00 - 15.05.2024

A summary of the motivation behind the Summer Olympics torch design.

The Paris 2024 torch is manufactured by ArcelorMittal, the world’s leading steel company and a Paris 2024 Official Partner. In total, 2,000 torches will be produced by ArcelorMittal, five times less than what was used at previous Games.

This company was selected for their available sites in France that have the expertise to carefully produce steel with a reduced carbon footprint while also meeting the design requirements.

While the production of the latest torch series was ecofriendly, the thinking behind the design by Mathieu Lehanneur was equally compelling.

At first glance, you will be taken away by its color, which is both vibrant and unique. To reflect on the forthcoming games, Mathieu drew inspiration from three themes of Paris 2024; Water, Equality and Peacefulness.


One cannot imagine the city of light without the Seine, the 777-kilometre-long river in Northern France.

This has inspired the wave, three-dimensional and vibration effects on the torch which reproduce the ripples and the movements of water.

Furthermore, the torch will travel across the Mediterranean Sea aboard the Belem, and will undertake a voyage across the Atlantic, Indian and Pacific Oceans in the “Relais des Océans” to reach six overseas territories: Guadeloupe, French Guiana, Martinique, French Polynesia, New Caledonia and Réunion.


Equality has been a driving force throughout the organization of the Paris 2024 project. For the first time ever, there will be the same number of male and female athletes taking part in the competition.

The torch embraces this achievement through its perfectly symmetrical design.


Olympics and Paralympic games have been a symbol of peace and unity among nations. While flame carries the message to all people across the world, the Paris 2024 torch reflects the desire for peace with its curved and rounded lines that erupt gentleness.