France fashions slender torch from raw steel


Leading light: Designer Mathieu Lehanneur speaks at a press conference during the unveiling of the Paris 2024 Olympic torch’s design. – Reuters

VIRE (France): It takes only four cars from the scrapyard – or the steel from about 50 washing machines – to make the 2,000 torches needed for the Paris 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games, but the process requires a specific savoir faire.

Six tons of steel were melted by manufacturing corporation ArcelorMittal, a Paris 2024 official partner, before being shaped into 0.7-millimetre plates that were shipped to the Normandy factory of French silverware and cutlery company Guy Degrenne.

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