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Tour de France was suspended temporarily by protesters



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

Just a few kilometers after the start of the Carcassonne and Bagnères-de-Luchon race in southwestern France, the local French farmers tried to reduce their financial support to block the Tour de France by loading bales of hay on the road.

French police forces spread the demonstration by throwing tear gas before the riders arrived, according to Tour de France broadcast France Televisions. Riders had to slow down when they reached the stage and pictures show that they rub their eyes after going through the demonstration.

  PHOTO: Riders' pack awaits the scene for resumption after tear gas was used during a peasant protest during the Tour de France cycle race between Carcassonne and Bagneres-de-Luchon in southwestern France on July 24, 2018 Jeff Pachoud / AFP / Getty Images
Riders packaging waiting for the scene to resume after tear gas was used during a farmers protest during the Tour de France cycle race between Carcassonne and Bagneres-de-Luuchon, southwest France on July 24, 2018.
  PHOTO: Gendarmes removes haysticks that were placed on the stage during protests from a peasant trying to block the race during the Tour de France cycle race between Carcassonne and Bagneres on July 19, 2018. Jeff Pachoud / AFP / Getty Images
Gendarmes removes haystacks as was placed on stage during a farmers protest who tried to block the competition during the Tour de France cycling competition, between Carcassonne and Bagn eres-de-Luchon, south-west France on July 24, 2018.

About 23,000 French police officers are exposed this year to ensure the safety of the bicycle event, according to a statement by the French Interior Ministry earlier this month. In addition, since April 2016, the French terrorist police have mobilized to strengthen safety during the three-week cycle.

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

<img src = "https://s.abcnews.com/images/International/tour-de-france-demo-farmers3-gty-mem-180724_hpMain_4x3_992.jpg" border = "0" width = "640" height = "480" alt = "PHOTO: Gendarmes retains a protesting farmer behind the package during the 16th stage of the 105th edition of the Tour de France cycle race between Carcassonne and Bagneres-de-Luchon in southwestern France the 24th July 1968. [19659005] Jeff Pachoud / AFP / Getty Images
The Gendarmes retains a protesting farmer who rides behind the 16th stage of the 105th edition of the Tour de France cycling race between Carcassonne and Bagneres-de-Luchon in southwestern France, July 24, 2018.
  PHOTO: Simon Clarke in Australia cleans his eyes after tear gas was used by police against the farmers who protested during the Tour de France cycle between Carcassonne and Bagneres-de-Luchon in France on July 24 , 2018. Yoan Valat / EPA via Shutterstock
Simon Clarke from Aust ralien cleans his eyes after tear gas was used by police against the peasants who protested during the Tour de France cycle race between Carcassonne and Bagneres-de-Luchon, France, July 24, 2018.

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