Drunk, saber-wielding French mayor arrested after confronting travelers

Drunk, saber-wielding French mayor arrested after confronting travelers
(FILES) This file photo taken on July 10, 2014 shows French right-wing UMP party mayor of Wissous, Richard Trinquier, posing in front of the town hall in Wissous, near Paris. Trinquier was put into custody after he threatened Roma people, according to Evry's prosecution on April 8, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / JACQUES DEMARTHON

The mayor of a Paris suburb has been arrested after attempting, drunk, wearing a flak jacket and armed with a Japanese saber and a handgun, to stop members of the traveling community setting up a camp in his town, police said.

Richard Trinquier was detained on Sunday after he turned up, along with the deputy mayor of the suburb Wissous and two off-duty local police officers, at the car park of a creche where the travellers were attempting to set up a halting site, media reports said.

“He threatened the travelers with a katana,” a long, single-edged sword used by Japanese samurai, officials said, adding that he also had armed himself with a handgun and wore body armor.

“Evidently there were tensions between the mayor and the (traveler) community,” the local prosecutor’s office said.

The mayor of Wissous, a community of about 8,000 people that lies nearly Orly airport south of Paris, reportedly has a license to use a handgun for sporting purposes but does not have a permit to carry a gun in public.

A member of the community with who had the altercation was also arrested on Sunday after police found a rifle in his vehicle.

 

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