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Panic as boy brings WWI grenade to Paris school

Students were evacuated from a middle school in Paris on Monday after a student brought a rather unusual item into the classroom.

Panic as boy brings WWI grenade to Paris school
Examples of Mills bombs used in the First World War. File photo: Jean-Louis Dubois

When it comes to school projects, most children are happy to make do with props such as maps, or models, or even a pet.

But one student at the private Catholic school of Saint-Louise in Paris’s 20th arrondissement had other ideas on Monday, showing up with a World World I grenade instead.

Two classes of students were forced to evacuate the premises in the incident, and police were promptly deployed to the scene, Le Figaro newspaper reports.

It is not known where the student obtained the grenade.

This is not the first incident involving classrooms and munitions in France in recent times.

Earlier this year, the father of a young boy was sentenced to 18 months in prison after his son was caught bringing a gun to school.

While the gun was not loaded and nobody was hurt, teachers took the matter seriously and reported the matter to police. 

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France concerned over Iran nuclear deadlock

France said Thursday it was very concerned about Iran's "persistent refusal" to come clean about its nuclear programme, which the West suspects is aimed at producing an atomic bomb.

France concerned over Iran nuclear deadlock
The West is concerned Iran has the capability to build an atomic bomb. Photo: Steve Velo

The comment came after talks with Iran failed yet again to reach a deal on enhanced inspections of Tehran's nuclear programme, two weeks before a major meeting with world powers.

"Iran's persistent refusal to finalise its discussions with the IAEA to be fully transparent about what its nuclear programme is aimed at is very worrying," said French foreign ministry spokesman Philippe Lalliot.

The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) chief inspector said Thursday after returning from Tehran that he had not succeeded in getting Iran to grant access to sites, scientists and documents the agency believes may have been part of a covert nuclear weapons drive.

Iran says the IAEA's allegations are based on flawed Western and Israeli intelligence — which it has not been allowed to see — and says it has never sought to develop the bomb.

This latest failure comes less than two weeks before talks between Iran and six world powers — the United States, China, Russia, Britain, France and Germany — in Almaty, Kazakhstan on February 26.

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