South African man crosses channel -- on foot

11th October 2005, Comments 0 comments

CALAIS, Oct 11 (AFP) - A 39 year-old South African man was detained in France after walking through the channel tunnel from Britain, police said Tuesday.

CALAIS, Oct 11 (AFP) - A 39 year-old South African man was detained in France after walking through the channel tunnel from Britain, police said Tuesday.

The unnamed man, who had only a pair of flip-flop sandals on his feet, was spotted by security cameras at the French end of the 50-km tunnel early Sunday morning.

French police said the man appeared to be mentally instable. He was not a migrant or a refugee, they said. He has since been returned to Britain.

A spokesman for tunnel operator Eurotunnel said the man had taken advantage of a "brief malfunction of the systems of surveillance."

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Subject: French news

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