Sunday, April 23, 2017

France polling station EVACUATED as police find SHOTGUN amid terror fears

 Armed guards at polling station
A POLLING station has been evacuated and a shotgun discovered at the scene as France casts its ballots in one of the the most unpredictable elections in living memory.Voters were rushed out of the polling station after a stolen vehicle was abandoned outside with the engine running while voting was taking place.Bomb disposal experts were called to examine the vehicle - a 308 Peugeot black-coloured car which was flagged as stolen and had fake number plates. Witnesses say the car was driven just yards from the polling station at a local school, where two occupants got out and ran away - leaving the engine to run.Police rushed to the scene to examine the vehicle, where they found a gun - believed to be a shotgun - left in the car. Photos from the town show armed guards on patrol outside the centre in Besançon, eastern France. Mayor of Besançon Jean-Louis Fousseret said: ”The situation is completely re-established, the polling stations are reopened, we can vote in complete safety.” According to him, "the car arrived at very low speed, with two people on board, before stopping in a hedge of privet, then the two people fled”.Officials stressed the incident was "not a terrorist act at all, it is a matter of common law", according to Doubs Regional Director of Public Security (DDSP), Benoît Desferet. The polling stations have since be reopened to the public. France's citizens are currently voting in the first round of a presidential election today amid heightened security.Security officials have warned there is a higher risk during the elections of a militant attack - similar to the ones that have killed more than 230 people in the past two years in France. The vote comes just days after a French jihadist shot dead a policeman on the Champs Elysees in Paris. More than 50,000 police, elite security units and some 7,000 soldiers have been mobilised for election duty across France.

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