Tourists menaced with toy on Arc de Triomphe

18th August 2006, Comments 0 comments

PARIS, Aug 18, 2006 (AFP) - A French teenager who threatened tourists with a toy gun on top of the Arc de Triomphe in Paris was Friday undergoing a psychological evaluation after being arrested by police, officers said.

PARIS, Aug 18, 2006 (AFP) - A French teenager who threatened tourists with a toy gun on top of the Arc de Triomphe in Paris was Friday undergoing a psychological evaluation after being arrested by police, officers said.

The 17-year-old, a resident of a northern Paris suburb, was taken to a police psychiatric ward in the capital following the incident late Thursday.

He was not immediately identified. Police said he had no prior criminal record.

According to officers, the teenager waved his compressed air pistol at tourists on top of the landmark building at the top of the Champs-Elysées, and even fired once into the air.

He had written the words "revendication Al-qaeda" ('in the name of Al-Qaeda') on his T-shirt and on his torso.

He was overpowered by police.

The Arc de Triomphe, a 50-metre-high arch dedicated to victories during the Revolutionary and Napoleonic periods, is visited by more than a million people every year.

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Subject: French news

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