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Man arrested at Disneyland Paris with two handguns

© Bertrand Guay, AFP | This file photo taken on August 13, 2015 shows a sign above the entrance at Disneyland Paris in Marne-la-Vallée

Text by FRANCE 24

Latest update : 2016-01-29

French police arrested a man carrying two handguns at the Disneyland Paris amusement park outside Paris on Thursday, an interior ministry official said.

A police source said the 28-year-old man of European origin had been carrying the two guns, including an automatic handgun, concealed in a bag that also contained a copy of the Koran religious text and ammunition.

The armed man's bag set off a security alarm as he went through a metal detector at the popular park’s high-end Hotel New York, the police source said.

The man was unknown to the police or intelligence services prior to the incident, and the police source said the preliminary investigation did not point to terrorism. He reportedly claimed to be carrying the guns because he feared for his safety.

Papers found on the suspect indicate that he lives in Paris, but no further details were given.

The theme park remains open despite the incident.

France on high alert

Disneyland Paris is situated about 30kms (18 miles) east of the French capital and is among Europe's most popular tourist destinations. About 10 million people visited in 2014, according to the Global Attractions Attendance Report.

France remains on a high state of alert with a state of emergency in place following the Paris attacks on November 13, when Islamic State group militants killed 130 people in a series of shootings and suicide bombings across the French capital.

In January 2015, Paris saw three days of terror as a series of attacks left 17 people dead, including a deadly attack on the satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo.

French President François Hollande is seeking to extend the state of emergency for another three months despite strong opposition.

(FRANCE 24 with AFP, REUTERS)

Date created : 2016-01-28

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