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French racing cleared to resume on Monday after last-minute threat

Sat 9 May 2020

Racing will resume in France as scheduled on Monday despite a last-minute threat to the plan.

A report on Friday suggested a late challenge may be made to the Government’s decision to allow racing to return, with France Galop and its trotting equivalent confirming they had been in discussions regarding the resumption plans.

However, France Galop president Edouard de Rothschild tweeted late on Friday night to confirm clearance had been given for the action to recommence.

He said: “I wanted to win this race more than any of the others. Together we did it! Resumption of races is accepted. Let’s show them that they were right!”

In the tweet, Rothschild thanked French President Emmanuel Macron, his prime minister and minister of agriculture, as well as former presidential candidate Francois Bayrou and the mayor of Deauville, Philippe Augier.

Racing has been on hold in France since March due to the coronavirus crisis, but ParisLongchamp, Compiegne and Toulouse will restart the action, with the first-named card boasting four Group races.

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