Actor mistaken for terrorist after rehearsing on French train

2017-06-08 15:38


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Lyon - An actor who was rehearsing in the toilet of a French train was quizzed by police as a possible terrorist threat after a guard overheard the words "weapon" and "gun", transport authorities said.

The 35-year-old had shut himself away to practise his lines for an English-language stage role.

But a passing train guard who overheard his soliloquy raised the alarm, telling his bosses there was someone talking about weaponry in the toilet.

The high-speed train, en route to Paris from Marseille, made an unscheduled stop in the city of Valence where security forces took the man for questioning at a police station.

He was later released without charge.

France is still under a state of emergency imposed after the November 2015 attacks in Paris, when jihadists killed 130 people in a night of carnage at venues across the city.

Police on Tuesday shot and injured a man who attacked an officer outside Paris's Notre Dame cathedral.

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