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Olympiades is a station of the Paris Métro. It is the southern terminus of Line 14.The station was formally inaugurated on June 25, 2007 in the presence of the Mayor of Paris, Bertrand Delanoë, and opened to the general public at just before 5.30am on June 26, 2007.It takes its name from the area of high-rise residential tower blocks known as Les Olympiades in the heart of Paris's 13th arrondissement, to the east of the station Tolbiac, a quarter of Paris that was previously poorly served by the Metro. This area also contains the Tolbiac centre of the University of Paris. Since the opening of the new station, residents of this area, as well as staff and students at the university, can now access Saint Lazare railway station in 13 minutes and the centre of Paris in around 10 minutes.The station entrance is at the intersection of the rue de Tolbiac and the rue Nationale.HistoryOriginally called "Tolbiac-Nationale" in the initial Line 14 project, the opening of this station as part of the link between Saint Lazare and Maison Blanche station, was delayed due to a financial shortfall. The plans for Line 14 were revised and a first stage was embarked upon, in which the line ran from Madeleine to Bibliothèque François Mitterrand. This section was opened in 1998, from which the present station Olympiades was used as a temporary maintenance facility.

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