Paris metro ticket prices will almost double during the 2024 Olympics, the French capital region’s president warned on Tuesday, adding that residents with passes would be shielded from the temporary rise and visitors would be charged “a fair price.”
The mayor of Paris had said last week that public transport services, which are provided by the regional authority, would be insufficient during the events.
The Olympics will be held from July 26 to August 11 and the Paralympics from August 28 to September 8.
Team Nigeria will be hoping to be part of the Olympics events after the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) threatened to stop Nigerian athletes from participating at the Games as the Nigeria Anti-Doping Agency (NADO) has been accused of not adhering to the rules of the global Anti-Doping body.
“During the Olympics and the Paralympics, the Ile de France region will dramatically increase its transport offer. It is out of question that the residents support that cost,” the region’s president Valerie Pecresse said on social media.
“We’re going to create a new pass, the Paris 2024 pass, that will allow visitors to travel through the whole Ile de France region. It will cost 16 euros a day, and up to 70 euros a week. It is the fair price,” Pecresse said in a video.
She said a single journey metro ticket will cost 4 euros ($4.38) for the period from July 20 to September. 8, adding that residents of the region with a usual monthly or yearly pass will not be affected.
Izuchukwu Okosi is a Nigerian sports and entertainment journalist with two decades of experience in the media industry having begun his media journey in 2002 as an intern at Mundial Sports International (MSI) and Africa Independent Television (AIT), owners of Daar Communications Plc.
In October 2004, Okosi joined Complete Communications Limited, publishers of Complete Sports newspaper and Complete Football magazine as a reporter and later script writer for the Complete Sports studio.
He worked there for 13 years until October 2017.
Okosi also worked various times as Correspondent, Content creator and Editor at Sports Market International Magazine, Opera News, All Nigeria Soccer Media and Iconic Media Watch.
He also undertook freelance writing gigs for some local and international organizations.
Okosi is a member of the Actors Guild of Nigeria (AGN), Association of Movie Producers (AMP), Association of Voiceover Artistes of Nigeria (AVOA), Sports Writers Association of Nigeria (SWAN) and Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ).
He has been part of cast in some Nollywood movies and radio dramas including Blood Money 2, Scores To Settle, Dead End 2, Another Campus Tale and Battle Line.
Aside mainstream media and the entertainment industry, he has interests in scouting/unearthing of talents in the sports and creative sectors, exports business and property development.