White House security detains Frenchman

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WASHINGTON, March 23, 2006 (AFP) - A French national was arrested after tossing a package over a White House gate, sparking a security alert, although the object was found to be harmless, the US Secret Service said Thursday.

WASHINGTON, March 23, 2006 (AFP) - A French national was arrested after tossing a package over a White House gate, sparking a security alert, although the object was found to be harmless, the US Secret Service said Thursday.

Cyrille Mourotte, 36, who was arrested for "disorderly conduct" immediately after Wednesday's incident, had been arrested and deported following a similar occurrence in June 2004, Secret Service spokesman Jonathan Cherry said.

Mourotte is accused of tossing a package over a gate at the White House on Wednesday, causing security forces to call in a bomb squad and cordon off the surrounding area, Cherry said.

He would not specify the nature of the package but said it was not dangerous. The Washington Post reported Thursday that the object was a bundle of papers and plastic fastened with rubber bands.

The daily said Mourotte was to appear in Superior Court here for a hearing on Thursday.

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