French police arrest suspect over Mont Saint Michel scare; AFP

France – Mont-Saint-Michel and its Bay

French police have arrested a man accused of threatening to attack police at Mont Saint Michel, causing a scare that led to the evacuation of one of the country’s busiest tourist sites, a security source said Monday.

The UNESCO world heritage site, off the coast of Normandy in northwest France, was shut down for several hours Sunday after a tourist guide reported a man made threatening comments on a bus carrying visitors to the rocky islet.

A senior local official said the man then got into a fight with a cafe owner, during which he made more threats against security forces.

The source said a suspect in the case, a 36-year-old man, was arrested late on Sunday on a motorway near the Normandy city of Caen.

The man, who was known to authorities for drug trafficking and for driving without a licence, was first spotted at a motorway petrol station “where he boasted of being behind the threats”, the source said.

Tourists were blocked from entering the island during the lockdown as around 50 police conducted a house-to-house search.

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