Watch Judo fights on the Champ-de-Mars in Paris this summer

Judo, a sport of discipline and tradition

Judo, a Japanese martial art, is much more than a simple combat sport. Created by Jigoro Kano in 1882, judo is based on the principles of discipline, respect and self-control. Competitors, known as judokas, face off on a tatami, using techniques such as throws, ground control, chokes and arm locks to score points.

Judo fights are intense and require a great deal of physical and mental preparation. Judokas must combine strength, technique and strategy to overcome their opponents. Every move, every hold (or “waza”), is executed to exploit the opponent's strength and balance to one's advantage. The judo competition at the Champ de Mars promises to be spectacular for all fans of the sport, not least thanks to the presence of Teddy Riner, French judoka and 11-time world champion (+100kg), who will be looking to make even more judo history this summer. He's aiming for a sixth medal and even a fourth in gold, a feat never before achieved.


The Grand Palais Éphémère: an emblematic venue in the heart of Paris

The Grand Palais Éphémère, built temporarily to accommodate the renovation of the Grand Palais, is located between the École Militaire and the Eiffel Tower, on the Champ de Mars. This modern, spacious building is designed to host major events, offering breathtaking views of some of Paris's most famous monuments.

During the judo competition, the Grand Palais Éphémère will be the venue where the world's 375 best judokas will meet to battle it out for the title. Spectators will be able to enjoy a unique environment and state-of-the-art technology to follow the matches up close. This exceptional setting will make your sporting experience even more memorable.


Event access from Normandy Le Chantier

Located at 7 rue de l'Échelle, the Normandy Le Chantier is ideally positioned for easy access to the judo events. Here are a few options for getting to the Grand Palais Éphémère:

On foot: A walk of around 40 minutes will take you through some of Paris's most picturesque districts, passing iconic sites such as the Jardin des Tuileries and the quays of the Seine.

By metro: Approximately 20 minutes. The nearest metro station to the hotel is “Pyramides” (line 7). Take line 7 towards “La Courneuve” and get off at “Opéra” station. From there, take line 8 towards “Balard” to “La Motte - Picquet Grenelle”. Finally, a short 5-minute walk along tree-lined avenues will take you to the Champ de Mars.

By bus: approx. 30 minutes. Bus line 69 also offers convenient connections, so you can enjoy views over the streets of Paris Take bus 69 from the “Palais Royal - Musée du Louvre” towards “Champ de Mars” and get off at the “Champ de Mars - La Bourdonnais” stop, just a few minutes' walk from the Grand Palais Éphémère.



Why stay at the Normandy Le Chantier during the Judo events?

The Normandy Le Chantier is more than just a hotel; it's an immersion in modern Parisian elegance. Its luxurious rooms, decorated with Hausmanian inspiration and a blend of fine woodwork, antique furniture and elegant tapestries, create an intimate setting conducive to relaxation. Your stay will be an unforgettable experience. After a day of watching judo competitions, you can relax in the comfort of your room, or take advantage of the hotel's restaurants:

- Buckwheat, a Norman creperie where you can (re)discover the gourmet flavours of Normandy, to eat or drink!

- El Vecino, an authentic taqueria where you can savour the flavours of this Mexican speciality on the go.

- Discover REHAB, a unique speakeasy discreetly hidden in the basement of Normandy, and sample the unique cocktails on our menu.

What's more, the hotel's location makes it easy to discover Paris's cultural and historical attractions. The Louvre, one of the world's greatest museums, is just a stone's throw away, as are the Palais-Royal and its gardens, and the Opéra Garnier. After an intense day of judo, strolling through these historic sites offers a soothing and enriching contrast.



The Normandy Le Chantier district: a jewel box of tourist treasure

The 1st arrondissement of Paris, where the Normandy Le Chantier is located, is a veritable treasure trove of historic monuments and iconic landmarks. When you stay at this hotel, you'll be close to a number of must-see tourist attractions:

The Louvre: This world-famous museum houses thousands of works of art, including the Mona Lisa and the Venus de Milo. A visit to the Louvre is a plunge into the history of art through the centuries.

Jardin des Tuileries: Located between the Louvre and Place de la Concorde, this magnificent garden is perfect for a relaxing stroll. Its shady paths, fountains and sculptures make it an ideal place to relax.

Place Vendôme: Symbol of Parisian luxury, this square is surrounded by fine jewelry boutiques and grand hotels. It's the ideal place to admire classical architecture and enjoy high-end shopping.

Opéra Garnier: This architectural masterpiece is a must-see for ballet and opera lovers. Even a visit to its sumptuous lobby and grand staircase is worth the detour.

The judo competition at the Grand Palais Éphémère is a unique opportunity to see the world's best athletes in action in a spectacular setting. The Normandy Le Chantier, with its modern luxury and ideal location, is the perfect place to stay during this event. Whether you're a judo enthusiast or a tourist looking to explore Paris, this hotel offers a comfortable and stylish base from which to discover the wonders of the French capital.

Book your stay at Normandy Le Chantier now and enjoy an unforgettable Parisian experience, combining the thrill of sport with the cultural richness of one of the world's most beautiful cities.



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