Tour de France: French prime minister pleased as 'party continues'

LOUDENVIELLE FRANCE SEPTEMBER 05 Arrival Jean Castex of France Prime Minister of France during the 107th Tour de France 2020 Stage 8 a 141km stage from CazresSurGaronne to Loudenvielle TDF2020 LeTour on September 05 2020 in Loudenvielle France Photo by Stephane Mahe PoolGetty Images
French prime minister Jean Castex at the finish of stage 8 of the 2020 Tour de France (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)

French prime minister Jean Castex was in the lead vehicle on stage 8 of the Tour de France on Saturday, witnessing the race's second French stage winner and the first signs of normalcy in the COVID-19 edition as big crowds lined the Col de Peyresourde en route to the finish in Loudenvielle.

Castex took a break from his own tour of France promoting the government's €120 billion "France Relance" plan to revive the country's economy and recover from the impacts of the pandemic to ride along with race director Christian Prudhomme and witness AG2R La Mondiale rider Nans Peter's stage victory.

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