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No major threat after suspicious bottle found on Paris-Venice train

Published on Feb 14, 2014 6:46 AM

BESANCON, France (AFP) - French authorities arrested an Egyptian national on suspicion of carrying explosives on board a Paris-Venice train but said on Thursday tests showed the bottle posed no major threat.

The 33-year-old, who lives in Italy, was taken off the train late on Wednesday and placed in custody after customs officials carrying out a routine check on the night train at the French city of Dijon confiscated a plastic bottle wrapped in aluminium foil and plaster.

After tests were carried out by a mobile laboratory at a border customs post at Vallorbe in Switzerland, an investigation for "transport and possession of explosive products" has been opened, said Mr Alain Saffar, prosecutor for the nearby city of Besancon.

"The product contained in the bottle had some positive reactions to tests on explosive substances," Mr Saffar said, but cautioned that "these tests are simply an indication, we need more precise analysis to determine exactly what it is".

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