A man with luggage that contained two firearms and ammunition was arrested this week near the entrance of the Disneyland Paris hotel. The 28-year-old man was arrested as he attempted to make his way through the hotel’s security. He told police that he was carrying the guns for self-protection; at this time, police also arrested a woman who was with him.
France remains in a state of emergency following the ISIL attacks in Paris in November of last year. Though the man carried with him a copy of the Koran, it is not clear whether that was a personal item or if he could be affiliated with the organization.
The guns and ammunition were detected in an x-ray machine at the hotel’s security check gate. The hotel remained open after the arrest. Police were immediately notified and the man was removed from the general population.
“We continue to work closely with the authorities and the safety and security of our guests and cast members is our utmost priority,” said hotel spokesperson Francois Banon. A source indicated that the investigation this far did not point to terrorism, but rather the fact that the man really only feared for his safety.
Papers indicate the man lives in Paris and co-manages a brassiere there. The woman who was with him was believed to be his girlfriend, but she was released when police discovered they had arrested the wrong woman. Police are still searching for the real suspect.
Members of the hotel also do not believe that the arrest had anything to do with terrorism. “For me, it’s a mistake,” said a staffer who works at the hotel bar.
France hopes to extend its three-month state of emergency for another three months, despite opposition from human rights organizations.