French police ‘arrest man with guns in suitcase’ at Disneyland, female companion remains at large

Police say man held after he was found with guns in his suitcase is not a terrorism suspect, but a woman remains on the run. Follow the latest developments


              The suspect is the joint manager of a brasserie in Paris’s 14th arrondissement, a source close to the investigation told the AFP news agency.

Staff and regulars there expressed astonishment at his arrest.

A member of the bar staff told AFP by telephone:

Quote For me it’s a mistake.

He added that the phone had been “ringing every two seconds” since the news.

“Honestly, I’m taken aback. It’s a joke,” added the other co-manager.

Both The Sun and The Mirror feature the Disneyland arrests on their front pages.

Police in France are still searching for the woman who ran away, when the 28-year-old man was arrested.

The 28-year-old, currently in custody, was born in Lagny, in the Seine-et-Marne district where Disneyland is located.

He lived in the 14th arrondissement of Paris – a southern district better known as Montparnasse.

Police said he was not known to the secret service (DCRI), or the police – except for a minor incident involving driving without the correct licence.

Antoine Vedeilhe, a French journalist on the scene, tweeted this photo of the suspect’s car being taken away for further inspection.

French press are reporting that the weapons found inside the 28-year-old’s suitcase were a 7.65mm pistol, and a second smaller gun.

The weapons dated from the 1980s.

He also had ammunition for the guns.


What we know so far

A 28-year-old man has been arrested at a hotel in Disneyland Paris.

He was found with two guns and ammunition, plus a copy of the Koran. He says the guns were for his own protection.

A woman, reported to be his wife, has run off and is being sought by police.

Bomb squads are searching his car.