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A short warm up sets up the main event.The 22 teams competing in this year's tour de france 'parade' through the French village of 'Sainte Mere Eglise'. Some 20-thousand cycling fans have come to see them start t he race. But the party atmosphere is somewhat restrained. SOUND UP Messieurs - a cheval!"SONORE 1 (homme francais, 16 secs)la france est touche par les manaces qu'on connait. donc, dans le cadre de ces menaces de ce qu'on peut etre confrontre, nottament pour les evenements sportifs ou des epreuves en tout cas qui permettent un afflux massive de populations, il y a toute une disposition operationnelle qui requit pour assurer la securisation de ces personnes. France has been hit by a number of threats, which is the reality what we're dealing with.Especially when there are sporting events -- or any time when you have mass crowds gathered -- there's a whole operation we have to put in place to keep people safe. SONORE 2 (homme francais, 12 secs)Nous avec les chevaux ca nous permit de passer partout ou pe une voiture de gendarmerie ne passe pas. on peut aller dans la foule. cela passe plutot bien."By horse riding we can go all over the place, to places where cars can't.We can roam freely among the crowds.It works well."not only are thousands of police officers here __the country's anti-terror unit is at the event for the first time ever. Over the course of the race, it's estimated some 12 million people will be on the sidelines,....to cheer the riders on.

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A short warm up sets up the main event.The 22 teams competing in this year's tour de france 'parade' through the French village of 'Sainte Mere Eglise'. Some 20-thousand cycling fans have come to see them start the race.

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