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Scandal strikes ‘Tour de France of pigeon racing’ as 11 birds die

Club des Internationaux Français pulls its 2,000 birds from event citing safety fears

The Tour de France of international pigeon racing has been rocked by scandal and acrimony after 11 French birds were found dead on the eve of the competition in a suspected poisoning.

A further seven French pigeons are said to be seriously unwell prompting the Club des Internationaux Français (CIF) to urgently withdraw its 2,000 birds from the blue ribbon event citing concerns about safety and “fairness in this competition for all”.

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