A 28-year-old man was arrested carrying two pistols into a hotel that is part of Disneyland Paris, Europe’s most popular theme park, which is located about 40 km (24 miles) from the French capital. The country is still under a state of emergency following the deadly Paris attacks in November.
Hotel officials apprehended the man after his bag set off the metal detectors as he entered the building. He was then arrested by police, along with a woman thought to be his companion, radio station France Info reported. The woman was subsequently released (links in French). No one was harmed in the arrest.
In addition to his two handguns, the man was reportedly carrying ammunition and a copy of the Koran, according to the Guardian; however, police have not confirmed these details. The man was “of European origin,” according to Reuters. A police source told Agence France Presse that the man “said he was carrying the weapons because he feared for his safety.”
The Walt Disney Company has taken steps in the past to prevent terrorism attacks on its theme parks. The corporation was hiring an intelligence and counterterrorism intern last year for the spring of 2016. Last summer, an annual threat assessment conference was held at the company’s theme park in Anaheim, California.