Soldier threatens to blow up French depot

5th December 2004, Comments 0 comments

LILLE, France, Dec 5 (AFP) - A French soldier barricaded himself inside an explosives depot in northern France on Sunday, threatening to blow up the building and forcing the evacuation of hundreds of residents, regional officials said.

LILLE, France, Dec 5 (AFP) - A French soldier barricaded himself inside an explosives depot in northern France on Sunday, threatening to blow up the building and forcing the evacuation of hundreds of residents, regional officials said.

"We are trying to make contact with him to find out exactly what his motives are. We believe he was recently told he must take compulsory retirement," an official said.

Some 400 people have been told to leave their homes at Connantray-Vaurefroy, near Chalons-en-Champagne about 100 kilometres (60miles) east of Paris.

They were being given shelter at a gymnasium in a nearby village.

A security cordon was set up around the depot manned by some 70 police, army and fire-brigade officers. Traffic was barred from entering the zone. The soldier, who is aged about 50, "left a written message indicating his plan" to blow up the depot, the official said.

"We're surveying the situation to get a clearer picture of the man and what's driving him," said Jean-Luc Guillemoto, cabinet director at the prefecture of the Marne district.

© AFP

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