Man arrested after stand-off at French archaeology museum where threatening Arabic message found

Man arrested after stand-off at French archaeology museum where threatening Arabic message found
The situation unfolded in Saint-Raphael in the Var département. Photo: AP
A man has been arrested after a stand-off at a museum in southern France on Wednesday, where threatening messages in Arabic have been written on the building's walls, a police source told AFP.

Officers surrounded the archaeology museum in the Mediterranean town of Saint-Raphael, in the Var département, where the man broke in overnight and refused to communicate with police.

One of the messages reads “the museum is going to become a hell,” the source said.

 

According to French TV channel BFMTV, the alarm was raised by a cleaner who discovered an Arabic inscription on the front of the museum when she arrived for work at 8am on Wednesday.

In a Twitter message police warned people to avoid the area in the historic centre of the resort town tucked between Cannes and Saint-Tropez.

“The entire neighbourhood is locked down… We've been ordered to stay in the restaurant,” Sebastian, an employee at the Duplex restaurant opposite the museum, told the local Nice-Matin newspaper.

Local prosecutors say they are remaining cautious about the man's motives.


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