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France to Deploy Elite Anti-Terror Police Unit to Secure World’s Most Famous Cycle Race | VICE News

France to Deploy Elite Anti-Terror Police Unit to Secure World’s Most Famous Cycle Race | VICE News

France’s Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve announced Tuesday that exceptional security measures would be introduced to protect the 2016 Tour de France — the most famous bicycle race in the world — which will kick off on July 2 amid a prolonged state of national emergency.

For the first time ever, officers from France’s elite GIGN police unit will be mobilized to guard the famous sporting event. The unit, said Cazeneuve, would be deployed instantly in case of “a terror attack near or along the race route. According to French radio network RTL, a GIGN helicopter will also be tasked with monitoring the event from above.

Source: France to Deploy Elite Anti-Terror Police Unit to Secure World’s Most Famous Cycle Race | VICE News