Threatening man detained during Sarkozy visit

12th November 2007, Comments 0 comments

12 November 2007, Berlin - Security guards detained a shouting man who tried to approach Chancellor Angela Merkel and visiting French President Nicolas Sarkozy while they toured a school in Berlin on Monday.

12 November 2007

Berlin - Security guards detained a shouting man who tried to approach Chancellor Angela Merkel and visiting French President Nicolas Sarkozy while they toured a school in Berlin on Monday.

A police spokesman said he pushed his way to "within several metres" of the two leaders before he was arrested.

Police said they did not term the incident an attack, but merely a "minor incident." The man appeared to be upset at legislation voted through last week that obliges telecoms companies to store data on calls and internet usage in case it is needed by the police.

The two leaders were leaving the Romain Rolland Secondary School in a western Berlin residential district where Merkel told pupils it was vital to learn foreign languages and Sarkozy said immigrants must remember that duties came with their rights in their new homes.

Merkel, like other senior German leaders, has plainclothes police bodyguards around her during public engagements, but it is unusual for her to be accosted.

Merkel and Sarkozy later chaired a joint cabinet meeting, an event that takes place twice per year to emphasize the special Franco- German relationship.

DPA

Subject: German news

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