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    Man Detained in Paris After Tearing Down Flag From French Parliament Building - Report

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    According to Le Parisien, the gendarmes of the Republican Guard spotted a man on CCTV as he was climbing the wall of the National Assembly's building to remove a tricolour flag. When the thief climbed down, they apprehended him and took the flag.

    A man was detained by gendarmes in Paris after he climbed the wall of the National Assembly's building and removed a tricolour flag, Le Parisien reports.

    According to the paper, the man was spotted on CCTV and was detained immediately after he climbed down. The thief was a 23-year-old man who was drunk at the time of the incident, the newspaper reported. He was handed over to the police and placed in a drunk tank. 

    The man lives in the 15th arrondissement in the southwest of Paris and was known to the police as a repeat offender. 

    A picture taken on July 26, 2016, shows the National Assembly's Palais Bourbon in Paris illuminated in the French flag colours
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    A picture taken on July 26, 2016, shows the National Assembly's Palais Bourbon in Paris illuminated in the French flag colours

    The National Assembly is the lower house of the French parliament. It is located at the Palais Bourbon in the city's 7th arrondissement. 

     

     

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