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UPDATE: Why French farmers protested and caused Tour de France chaos

The Tour de France was halted today as French farmers protested by blocking the road with hay before police stepped in with tear gas.

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UPDATE: Why French farmers protested and caused Tour de France chaos

Riders, including Chris Froome, leader Geraint Thomas and Peter Sagan, poured bottles of mineral water into their eyes as they suffered from the effects of the gas that is said to have blown into the path of the peloton.

 

The race was neutralised after 30km, between Carcassonne and Bagneres-de-Luchon in south-western France, as police dealt with the protestors during stage 16 of the iconic race.

 

There was a delay of about 15 minutes.

 


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The farmers were pictured holding signs which translated to ’For the Piege region to live’.

 

A spokesman for the group of sheep farmers said: “We wanted to stop the Tour de France to get some answers. We’d requested answers from the Ministry of Agriculture about our problems of being in less-favoured rural areas.

 

"It’s been six months and we still haven’t heard back from the Ministry.”

 

“We had about 200 sheep, tractors and hay bales to block the road but unfortunately the police fired tear gas at us and the sheep.”

 

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