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    Crime and Law The French and their crazy punishments: "Make 'em bike, that'll teach them!"

    I almost lol'd at this:

    Penal Tour de France pedals off
    Nearly 200 French prisoners are preparing to take to their bikes in the first ever penal Tour de France.

    The 194 inmates, escorted by 124 prison guards and sports instructors, will set off from Lille and cycle about 2,400km (1,500 miles), ending up in Paris.

    They will have to cycle in a pack, will not be ranked and, for obvious reasons, breakaway sprints will not be allowed.

    Prison authorities say they hope the race will help the inmates learn values such as team work and self esteem.

    The prisoners, all serving jail terms of between five and 10 years, will make stopovers in 17 different towns, each of which has a jail.

    "It's a kind of escape for us, a chance to break away from the daily reality of prison," said a prisoner identified as Daniel at the project's launch in May.

    "If we behave well, we might be able to get released earlier, on probation," he said.

    Prison official Sylvie Marion said the project aims to help the prisoners "reintegrate into society by fostering values like effort, teamwork and self-esteem".

    "We want to show them that with some training, you can achieve your goals and start a new life," Reuters quoted her as saying.

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    Yes, I almost lol'd cause it says "Penal Tour!!" *snicker*

    But seriously, sounds like those French prisons are pretty rough, eh? Also thought it was kinda funny that they have to have the stops in towns that have jails, ya know, so they can get locked up in good old fashioned cells each night.
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    By chance, does the last leg of the tour finish in Denmark?*

    *see I.R.'s thread...

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    It says it ends in Paris: READ THE THREAD, N00B.
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    The current leader is awarded the prestigious yellow-striped jersey.

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    I hear at rest stops they let them eat cake.

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    They are out of bread, apparently.

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    That's the sound of a man, pedaling on the chain..

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    To a bunch of guys who have been locked up for years, this is quite a treat. Kind of strange way to 'rehablitiate'.
    The French have come a long way since the gullotine, eh?

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    This is ultra cool. I hope other forward thinking nations start similar activities (keeping with local/cultural pasttimes).
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