‘Cycling temporarily prohibited,’ says French Cycling Federation

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Photo: Nancy Heslin

The French Cycling Federation (FCF) has finally weighed in on the outdoor physical activity argument as residents in France enter Day 3 of a 2-week home confinement.

The federation has taken the following position: “The practice of cycling sport does not fall under the conditions provided for in the [Prime Minister’s] decree and therefore constitutes an offense liable to ticket.

The government decree published on March 17 states: “Short trips close to home linked to individual physical activity, excluding any collective sporting practice, and to the needs of pets.”

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The FCF is adamant that it is up to each individual to be responsible in the fight against the spread of the coronavirus. “To do otherwise would be irresponsible and unacceptable in terms of the solidarity that everyone must show in these difficult times.”

The FCF’s decision Thursday comes at the same time the Prefecture announced the closure of all access to beaches in the Alpes-Maritimes department.

As of 2:30 p.m. Thursday, a drone has been flying over the main streets of Nice to enforce confinement measures are being respected.