1. 00:00 Police and Gendarmerie officials stand up as French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve arrives.
2. 00:09 Bernard Cazeneuve walking onto podium.
3. 00:15 SOUNDBITE (French) Bernard Cazeneuve, French Interior Minister:
"In the context of a high level threat, the Interior Ministry will deploy, this year, exceptional means. I can announce that at least 23,000 police officers and Gendarmes will be present on the side of the road to guarantee the security of the Tour de France. We are currently assessing the need for a larger involvement of our security forces."
4. 00:49 Cazeneuve giving speech.
5. 00:SOUNDBITE (French) Bernard Cazeneuve, French Interior Minister:
"50 motorcyclists from the Garde Republicaine will continue this year to escort the Tour de France, whilst 12 police officers will accompany the cyclists for the whole duration of the race. Moreover, I have asked the GIGN (Groupe d'Intervention de la Gendarmerie Nationale - SWAT team) to follow the Tour de France through to the end of the event and stand ready to intervene at any moment if it proved necessary."
6. 01:22 Police official.
7. 01:27 Shoulder pad with rank.
8. 01:33 SOUNDBITE (French) Bernard Cazeneuve, French Interior Minister:
"We are preparing for the Euro 2016 in a similar way and this is the reason why, after having observed a number of unfortunate mistakes within the security apparatus in place at the Stade de France last Saturday for the Coupe de France final, I summoned the organizers on Sunday in order to examine the measures that needed to be implemented to correct them. I will not accept failure."
9. 02:04 Wide of President of Tour de France organization Christian Prudhomme walking up to lectern.
10. SOUNDBITE (French) Christian Prudhomme, President of Amaury Sport Organisation:
"Security is our priority. I might say the Tour de France organizers' number one priority. Security of the participants, security of the fans along the roads of the Tour de France."
11. 02:19 Cazeneuve and Prudhomme shaking hands.
12. 02:25 Cazeneuve, Prudhomme and police and Gendarmerie officials.
The French government on Tuesday (24th May) announced increased security for this year's Tour de France.
Cyclists on this year's Tour de France will be under the watch of 23,000 police officers, including SWAT (Special Weapons And Tactics)-like intervention squads as the government tries to ensure security amid extremist threats.
France has been in a state of emergency since the attacks on Paris in November 2015 killed 130 people, with soldiers guarding landmarks and religious sites.
The emergency measures were extended last week to cover the European Championship next month and the Tour de France, which runs between the 2nd and 24th of July.
French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve met Christian Prudhomme, the president of the organization which runs the Tour, and afterwards announced exceptional security measures for this year's race.
Securing the Tour is unusually difficult, as crowds gather informally on narrow mountain roads and city streets along thousands of kilometres around France.