Armed Man Arrested at Disneyland Paris
A man with two handguns has been arrested at Disneyland Paris in France.
A 28-year old man has been detained at Disneyland Paris — one of Europe’s most popular vacation destinations — after he tried to enter a hotel at the park with a pair of handguns.
French authorities have not yet identified the man– who was also carrying a Koran and a box of ammunition — or said whether his weapons were loaded. Police say he was previously unknown to security forces. The man’s girlfriend was also reportedly arrested.
The park is located about 20 miles outside of Paris in Marne-la-Vallée, an area populated with hotels and other tourist attractions.
His arrest comes amid debate in Paris over whether or not the government should once again extends its state of emergency, which has allowed authorities sweeping power to search homes without warrants, place suspects under house arrest, and search computers seized in raids.
France has been in a state of emergency since Islamic State terrorists killed 130 people in a series of coordinated terrorist attacks in Paris on Nov. 13. Shortly thereafter, the French parliament extended the state of emergency for an additional three months. In the coming days they are expected to vote in favor of extending it again.
Last week, Prime Minister Manuel Valls said he believed it could be extended until the Islamic State has been defeated, prompting fears an entire generation of French citizens could grow up in a semi-permanent state of emergency.
New anti-terrorism provisions have also begun to threaten the stability of the French government.
On Wednesday, French Justice Minister Christiane Taubira resigned after expressing her opposition to a proposed law that would strip dual-citizens of their French citizenship if they were found guilty of terrorism.
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