No black African cyclist has ever taken part in the Tour de France.
Two men have been charged with involvement in a machete attack on three French rugby players in southern France last weekend. Both have police records and have been identified by witnesses.
French internationals rugby players Aurélien Rougerie, Julien Pierre and Benjamin Kayser were attacked on Sunday by a dozen armed men with machetes and sabres.
Traffic jams were expected to clog France’s motorways on Saturday as city-dwellers leave home for their summer holidays.
Defending British champion Chris Froome pulled out of the 2014 Tour de France on Wednesday after injuring his wrist in a second fall during stage five of the race.
The French football team, 'Les Bleus' arrived back in the country on Sunday amidst the praise of their supporters. The team lost to Germany in the quarterfinals on Friday.
For the first time since 2007, the Tour de France starts in the United Kingdom.