PARIS - Security officials have extinguished the Olympic torch for the third time because of raucous protests at the relay in Paris.
The Paris torch relay hit trouble almost as soon as it set off from the Eiffel Tower, and was repeatedly halted by protesters who threatened to break through the imposing security cordon thrown around the athletes carrying the flame.
The torch had to be extinguished because of a technical problem, French police said. A Chinese official was quoted by Xinhua news agency as saying it was put out for safety reasons.
"Boycott Chinese goods" and "Save Tibet" read banners held by demonstrators.
"We are doing our best but it will take the world to put pressure on China to help bring democracy and human rights to Tibet," said Phurbu Dolker, a 21-year-old Tibetan refugee.
At least 23 people were briefly detained by police, a spokesman for the Free Tibet movement said.