Racing in France to resume at Longchamp on Monday after police backing

RACING has received a welcome boost with the news that the French will resume on Monday.

The Paris police have given the green light for the sport to restart at Longchamp next week.

France Galop chief Edouard de Rothschild revealed the news on Twitter.

He said: "We obtained and received from the Prefecture of Police in Paris authorisation to resume racing on May 11.

"This is great news and a real victory!"

Racing in France has been suspended since 17 March, but the action will start with a bang as Longchamp stages a Group race-laden card.

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All Group 1 races on the other side of the Channel have been rearranged, with the French 2,000 and 1,000 Guineas now set to take place on a 1 June.

All other professional sport in France has been suspended until September at the earliest.

The country becomes the latest to resume racing behind closed doors, while the sport has continued in Australia, Japan, Hong Kong and the USA.

Plans for a resumption of racing in Britain are at an advanced stage, with the BHA hopeful of getting the green light next week.

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