Tour de France prepares for disruption amid civil unrest across France

The race's organisers are also ready to tackle climate protestors across the three weeks

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French anti riot police officers walk past a burning truck in Nantes, western France on early July 1, 2023, four days after a 17-year-old man was killed by police in Nanterre, a western suburb of Paris
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The Tour de France is preparing for disruption as the race begins on Saturday amid civil unrest across France.

The race's director, Christian Prudhomme, said on Friday that the organisation was in constant contact with the French government after four nights of protest and rioting across France after the fatal shooting of a teenager by police.

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Adam is Cycling Weekly’s news editor – his greatest love is road racing but as long as he is cycling on tarmac, he's happy. Before joining Cycling Weekly he spent two years writing for Procycling, where he interviewed riders and wrote about racing. He's usually out and about on the roads of Bristol and its surrounds. Before cycling took over his professional life, he covered ecclesiastical matters at the world’s largest Anglican newspaper and politics at Business Insider. Don't ask how that is related to cycling.