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Air Liquide, Official Hydrogen Supporter of Paris 2024

Air Liquide is proud to support the ambitious environmental objectives of the Olympic and Paralympic Games Paris 2024.

The future belongs to us all.

The climate emergency proves that there’s no such thing as an individual triumph.

We’re all facing an immense challenge: developing a shared, more responsible future.

  • Our sport?
    Finding solutions for the climate

  • Our greatest adversary?

  • Our daily routine?
    Innovation and inclusion, excellence and perseverance

  • Our champions?
    All those who come together to act

Our mantra? Our greatest triumph will be achieved together.

Destination Paris 2024: behind the scenes of Air Liquide

Air Liquide and Paris 2024 share the same ambition: implementing practical solutions to meet the challenge of climate change. That's what our partnership is all about.

François Jackow

Chief Executive Officer of Air Liquide

Hydrogen, a key to accelerating the energy transition

Given that transport accounts for a quarter1 of global CO2 emissions, the climate emergency requires a range of solutions, including hydrogen.

It offers real advantages, including a great range and minimal charging times, for heavy and intensive transport, like the vehicles in Paris 2024’s official fleet that will be in continuous use.

Air Liquide will supply hydrogen of renewable origin to power some of the vehicles of Paris 2024’s official fleet during the event. 

Meet our team of athletes

Ezra Frech

Para athletics

Ezra Frech is an American Paralympic athlete and is on a mission to break the systemic barriers that exist for people with disabilities. Born with congenital limb differences, he competes in the high jump, long jump and sprint events. He recently won the gold medal in the T63 men’s high jump event at the 2023 World Para Athletics Championships in Paris and holds the world record in this category. He has set himself an ambitious target for the Paralympic Games Paris 2024: winning gold at least in one or two of his events.

His commitment to improving access to sport for people with disabilities has led him to co-found his own association. This organization offers free and year-round access to sporting activities for children, adults and veterans with physical disabilities and visual impairments.

Kgothatso Montjane

Wheelchair tennis

Kgothatso Montjane is a wheelchair tennis player from South Africa. In 2018, she became the first black South African woman to play at Wimbledon. In 2023, she won the doubles title at Roland Garros and the US Open with Yui Kamiji. 

Born with a congenital condition affecting both hands and one foot, Kgothatso Montjane has been named South Africa’s Disabled Sportswoman of the Year three times and is currently ranked 11th in the world in wheelchair tennis. She will be taking part in her fourth Paralympic Games in 2024, following the Games in London, Rio and Tokyo.

Kgothatso Montjane was named Disabled Sportswoman of the Year at the Gauteng Sports and Recreation Awards (2013, 2014, 2015, 2019, 2021 and 2023). She was also named the Disabled Sportswoman of the Year at the G Sports Spar Awards (2013, 2016, 2017, 2019 and 2020).

Yohan Peter

Wheelchair fencing - Épée

A nurse care coordinator, Yohan discovered wheelchair fencing during an introductory course at a rehabilitation center in April 2016 at the age of 27. After impressive performances on the national circuit in 2016 and 2017, he joined the international circuit in January 2018. Having taken part in the World Cup, he joined the French team in September 2018 for the European Championships, where he won a silver medal in the team event.

In 2019, he took part in his first World Championships, winning the silver medal once again in the team event. He successfully qualified for the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games, finishing 10th in the individual competition.

Currently ranked 3rd in the world, he won a silver medal at the 2022 European Championships in individual épée; he is now focusing on the Paralympic Games Paris 2024 where he hopes to win the most prestigious medal of all.

Margaux Rifkiss

Fencing - Sabre

Margaux Rifkiss is one of the most talented saber fencers of her generation. 2023 was a record-breaking year for her: she won the gold medal with the French team at the European Championships and the silver medal at the World Championships. 

In addition to being a talented athlete, Margaux is also a keen businesswoman. A firm believer in sport’s therapeutic benefits, she founded her own company in 2021 to provide nursing home residents with the opportunity to learn to fence. She also works with young people to introduce them to the joys of fencing.

She has been supported by Air Liquide since 2023 as part of the Performance Pact.

Thibaut Rigaudeau

Para Triathlon

Thibaut Rigaudeau is one of the most promising French para triathletes. In 2021, he took part in his first Paralympic Games in Tokyo with his guide, Cyril Viennot. European vice-champion in 2021 and double World vice-champion in 2022 and in 2023. For the past 3 years, his results have been constantly improving, building a good base for the performance at the Paralympic Games Paris 2024.

His disability is linked to a genetic disease called retinitis pigmentosa, diagnosed at the age of 8. This pathology is characterized by a non-linear decline in visual acuity and visual field. It is only in 2018 that Thibault discovers para triathlon and receives his first call-up to the French national team the following year.

Since 2023 he has been supported by Air Liquide - via its subsidiary Air Liquide France Industrie and the Mission Handicap of the Group - as part of the Pacte de performance in his preparation for the Paralympic Games Paris 2024.

Laura Tarantola


Laura Tarantola is one of the best rowers in the world in her category. Fourteen-time French champion in the light weight category, and 2018 world champion in the individual category, she's built to perform.

With her teammate Claire Bové, she is well-known on the World and European podiums in the lightweight double sculls. Together, they became Olympic vice-champions in 2021 in Tokyo. The lightweight rowers have also reached the second place on the European Championship podium in 2019, in Lucerne and in 2022 in Munich.

Air Liquide - via its subsidiary Air Liquide France Industrie - as part of the Pacte de performance has been supporting Laura  since 2021.