Protests were held outside the Paris 2024 headquarters before the budget approval ©Getty Images

Dozens have gathered at the headquarters of the Paris 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games Organising Committee to protest the increase in spending for the event.

These demonstrations were held by the Saccage 2024 collective - protest groups comprising of Our Park is Not for Sale, No to the 2024 Olympics in Paris and Solidaires 93 under police supervision.

They came together at the headquarters in Place du Front-Populaire in Seine-Saint Denis yesterday afternoon prior to the next Board meeting for the organisers today.

"Enormous consequences on our lives," said one activist to Le Parisien.

"We don't want to let the Board meeting take place on December 12, without showing them that we are there and telling them: we are watching you.

"It is a Board of Directors that is far from trivial since it should validate a budget increase, partly with public money."

There is a proposed increase of €400 million (£344 million/$420 million) expected to be approved today.

This would bring the total cost of organising the Games from €3.98 billion (£3.42 billion/$4.18 billion) to €4.38 billion (£3.77 billion/$4.61 billion).

The anti-Olympics protest being carried out in Paris ©Getty Images
The anti-Olympics protest being carried out in Paris ©Getty Images

Paris 2024 have argued inflation is the main cause of the increase, with only the Opening and Closing Ceremonies as well as the security budget looking to increase beyond the rates.

This could see public funding of the Games go from three to four per cent of the budget.

Other protests seen in the area have called to protect Seine-Saint-Denis - one of France's poorest areas - from gentrification.

Another activist said the construction sites for the Games are "an opportunity to privatise public spaces and participate in the gentrification of these new neighbourhoods, because we are creating a lot less social housing".

Recent concerns included the building of the new training pool in Aubervilliers, with a group getting an injunction on the construction of the facility, over fears it would affect community allotments.

A Paris court accepted modifications which saw plans for a solarium scrapped, allowing the sufficient space to keep the allotments, while the pool was given the green light.

Tokyo and Beijing have held the last editions of the Summer and Winter Games, with little protest, particularly due to China's limitations on freedom of expression.