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Before the 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games, Paris faces the immense challenge of accessibility

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A handful of 100% accessible metro stations, out of more than 300 in Paris: the daily headache of disabled public transport users in the Ile-de-France region reveals the challenge facing the organizers of the 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games, one year from now and a half of their opening. Millions of visitors will be expected in the capital, including many athletes and tourists with disabilities. In a city where obstacles to accessibility are often denounced, stakeholders have worked on numerous developments, from public transport to public space, including competition sites. Developments that will also represent lasting progress for all Parisians and Ile-de-France residents.

Because accessibility is also an issue for everyone. In France, approximately 12 million people are affected by a disability, whether motor, sensory, mental or psychological. People aged 60 and over number 15 million today, and there will be 20 million in 2030. And families, who have small children or use pushchairs, also benefit from accessible facilities.

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At the heart of the concerns: public transport. In the metro, only line 14 and recent or future line extensions are 100% accessible, i.e. 24 stations in all.

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