Tour de France temporarily interrupted by protesters

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Tour de France temporarily interrupted by protesters

The Tour de France cycling race on Tuesday was briefly interrupted after French farmers tried to block the road.

Just a few miles after the start of the race between Carcassonne and Bagnères-de-Luchon, in the southwest of France, local French farmers demonstrating against a decrease in their financial support tried to block the Tour de France by loading bales of hay on the road.

French police forces dispersed the demonstration by throwing tear gas before riders arrived, according to Tour de France broadcaster France Televisions. Riders had to slow down when they reached the scene and footage shows them rubbing their eyes after passing through the demonstration.

PHOTO: The pack of riders wait for the stage to resume, after tear gas was used during a farme   rs protest, during the Tour de France cycling race, between Carcassonne and Bagneres-de-Luchon, southwestern France, July 24, 2018.
The pack of riders wait for the stage to resume, after tear gas was used during a farmers' protest, during the Tour de France cycling race, between Carcassonne and Bagneres-de-Luchon, southwestern France, July 24, 2018.
PHOTO: Gendarmes remove haystacks that were placed on the stages route, during a farmers protest who attempted to block the race, during the Tour de France cycling race, between Carcassonne and Bagneres-de-Luchon, southwestern France, July 24, 2018.
Gendarmes remove haystacks that were placed on the stage's route, during a farmers' protest who attempted to block the race, during the Tour de France cycling race, between Carcassonne and Bagneres-d e-Luchon, southwestern France, July 24, 2018.
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Around 23,000 French police officers are deployed this year to ensure the safety of the cycling event, according to a statement published by the French interior ministry earlier this month. In addition, since 2016, French anti-terror police have been mobilized to reinforce security during the three-week long cycling race.

In July 2016, a man deliberately drove his truck into crowds of people celebrating Bastille Day in Nice, killing 85 people. This attack demonstrated the vulnerability of crowds during outdoor celebrations and led to increased security for these types of events.

PHOTO: Gendarmes detain a protesting farmer as the pack rides behind during the 16th stage of the 105th edition of the Tour de    France cycling race, between Carcassonne and Bagneres-de-Luchon, southwestern France, on July 24, 2018.
Gendarmes detain a protesting farmer as the pack rides behind during the 16th stage of the 105th edition of the Tour de France cycling race, between Carcassonne and Bagneres-de-Luchon, southwestern France, on July 24, 2018.
PHOTO: Simon Clarke of Australia cleans his eyes after tear gas was used by policemen against the farmers who protested during the Tour de France cycling race between Carcassonne and Bagneres-de-Luchon, France, July 24, 2018.
Simon Clarke of Australia cleans his eyes after tear gas was used by policemen against the farmers who protested during the Tour de France cycling race between Carcassonne and Bagneres-de-Luchon, France, July 24, 2018.
Source: Google News France | Netizen 24 France

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