Paris man 'tried to put out Arc de Triomphe flame'

  • 15 January 2014
  • From the section Europe
Flame at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier underneath the Arc de Triomphe in Paris Image copyright AFP
Image caption The eternal flame is part of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier war memorial which lies underneath the Arc de Triomphe

A drunken man has been arrested for trying to put out the eternal flame beneath the Arc de Triomphe monument in Paris, police say.

The man was held on Tuesday evening after running towards the flame with a fire extinguisher in hand.

Police said he admitted trying to snuff out the flame.

The flame burns in front of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, a memorial to the dead who were never identified in World War One and World War Two.

The flame has been attacked in the past.

In 2002 a soldier with mental health problems was arrested for trying to urinate on it, another man burnt himself the previous year after sitting over the flames and another was previously arrested for trying to cook eggs there.

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