July 16, 2003
NARBONNE, France (Reuters) - Tour de France director Jean-Marie Leblanc on Wednesday warned demonstrators against disrupting the race.
"I note that protests are more and more frequent and that demonstrators all want to use the Tour as a platform," he said on the race rest day in Narbonne on Wednesday.
"The situation is not always clear as we're not always dealing with trade unions. If the aim is to make a statement before the start or to hand out leaflets, there will be no problems," he said.
"If on the other hand people attack riders or try to stop the peloton, then we cannot guarantee anything. Security services will do their job and you know what I mean," he said.
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