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Find out what’s hap­pen­ing in France this month

Off to the races

1 It’s all about speed, con­trol and en­durance at the Grand Steeple-Chase de Paris, one of France’s most ex­hil­a­rat­ing horse racing events. Tak­ing place from 20-21 May in the Hip­po­drome d’Au­teuil in Paris’s 16th ar­rondisse­ment, the 6km course fea­tures some 23 fences in a race that typ­i­cally lasts seven min­utes. After you’ve placed your bets, re­fuel at the cham­pagne bar and va­ri­ety of food trucks be­fore pick­ing the eques­trian ex­perts’ brains at the ‘Easy Racing Zone’ and tak­ing a ride on the vir­tual sad­dle. grand­

Ex­treme lengths

2 The sky’s the limit at the In­ter­na­tional Fes­ti­val of Ex­treme Sports in Mont­pel­lier from 24-28 May. The event is the largest freestyle sports com­pe­ti­tion in Europe, and its dare­devil dis­plays that in­clude skate­board­ing, rollerblad­ing and wake­board­ing are watched by thou­sands of spectators along the banks of the River Lez in ad­di­tion to some 1,000 am­a­teurs of the sports. There is also a sports vil­lage where you can find the lat­est sport­ing equip­ment and big-name DJs adding to the elec­tri­fy­ing at­mos­phere.

Full speed

3 Get your pulses racing at the Grand Prix de France mo­tor­cy­cle race from 19-21 May at the fa­mous Bu­gatti cir­cuit in Le Mans. In ad­di­tion to watch­ing a week­end’s worth of fast and fu­ri­ous racing, there are also film screen­ings on mo­tor­bike racing, ex­hi­bi­tions of vin­tage bikes, night-time mu­sic con­certs and a shop­ping vil­lage stock­ing hel­mets, leathers and other bike ac­ces­sories. There is also a race re­served for bik­ers with a dis­abil­ity; a new ad­di­tion for 2017. gpfrance­

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