Following the attack on Thursday 14th July in Nice, France, after some deliberation, the 13th Stage of the Tour de France went ahead as scheduled today. The 13th Stage which is 37kms and has some very hilly sectors had an extra 600 security force members deployed along the route according to AFP.

Security heightened.

This is in addition to the huge contingent already covering the race this year, which includes 23,000 police officers, some of whom are elite high response teams. The security even goes as far as checking on bags and pat downs before and after each stage. After the Paris attacks, security has been greatly heightened.

Time trials went ahead.

The 13th stage runs between Bourg Saint Andeol and La Caverne du Pont d'Arc in the south of France. The city of Nice is also in the south of France. At the start of stage 13 today there was a minute of silence for the victims of Nice. The time trials were also reported to be going ahead, despite it being a difficult decision as France reels under the ferocity and tragic disregard for lives.

Marking the day with dignity.

BBC reported that Christian Prudhomme said that whilst the race is to go ahead, that they wanted to mark the day with “dignity.” There will be another period of silence observed at the end of the day and this will be during the ceremonies surrounding the yellow jersey, the best climber and the best sprinter of the stage.

The truck that travels the route handing out gifts and posters usually blares loud music, but today it was silent.

Fifty children treated in Nice.

The incident on Thursday when a French National of Tunisian descent drove his truck into a crowd at the Bastille Day celebrations killed over eighty people.

At least 50 children were treated in the aftermath of the attack and some of them are still in a critical condition, where they hover between life and death.

Summer holidays.

It is the beginning of the summer holidays in France and tourists are out and about enjoying the weather. It is not known yet whether people are going to stay home rather than watch the Tour de France.

Speaking to a French resident in Lyon, John Paul, he told the writer that the French people are becoming more conscious of problems with terrorism and these days, certainly his own family, tend to “avoid travelling by tram, busses, and the metro and they stay away from public gatherings. “I have two small boys – you cannot be too careful these days,” he said.

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