Commuter pushed to his death under Paris metro

1st February 2005, Comments 0 comments

PARIS, Feb 1 (AFP) - The Paris transport authority on Tuesday tried to reassure commuters that its underground metro system was safe, after a man was pushed to his death under an oncoming train by a deranged assailant.

PARIS, Feb 1 (AFP) - The Paris transport authority on Tuesday tried to reassure commuters that its underground metro system was safe, after a man was pushed to his death under an oncoming train by a deranged assailant.

The incident took place late Monday at the Rambuteau station in central Paris, which provides access to the Pompidou Center and the popular Marais district.

Shocked onlookers immediately overpowered the assailant until police could arrive at the scene.

The 29-year-old man suspected of murder, who apparently did not know his victim, has been admitted to a Paris police psychiatric facility. Police said he had been arrested for several violent robberies and assaults since 1992.

It was not yet known if the assailant was under the influence of drugs or alcohol at the time of the incident, police said.

Officials at the Paris transport authority (RATP) insisted the incident was "very rare - just one or two like it per decade".

The last such incident reported in the French press dates back to August 2000, when a homeless man was placed under investigation, a step that precedes the filing of formal charges, for pushing a man under an oncoming metro train.

© AFP

Subject: French News

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