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Olympic Protest Update: Paris Demonstrations

After one BBC reporter jinxes the whole affair by predicting the chance of a protester getting near the Olympic torch to be "pretty infinitesimal," the overwhelming presence of Parisian demonstrators forces authorities to twice extinguish the torch and shuttle it, for some distance, on a bus.While immediate..



After one BBC reporter jinxes the whole affair by predicting the chance of a protester getting near the Olympic torch to be "pretty infinitesimal," the overwhelming presence of Parisian demonstrators forces authorities to twice extinguish the torch and shuttle it, for some distance, on a bus.

While immediate proximity to enraged pro-Tibet activists may seem to welcome an unnecessary threat, fear not: backup flames-lit from the hallowed source at the birthplace of the ancient games in Olympia, Greece-are kept close at hand at all times during the 130-day procession.

The Paris demonstration comes just one day after even greater disruptions-including attempts to snatch the torch and to suffocate the flame with fire extinguishers-of the relay in London.
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