France suspects foreign interference after coffins left at Eiffel Tower

Police have arrested three people after five coffins were found near the Eiffel Tower in Paris, draped in French flags with the inscription "French soldiers in Ukraine", sources close to the case said Sunday.

The incident is being investigated as a possible interference by a foreign power in French affairs, they told AFP.

Around 9:00 am (0700 GMT) on Saturday, three people left the five life-size coffins on the Quai Branly in Paris near the base of the Eiffel Tower, one of the world's most visited tourist attractions.

The boxes contained gypsum, a source close to the case told AFP.

The driver of a van used to transport the coffins, who was arrested nearby, told police that he had been paid 40 euros ($43) to drive the two others and their cargo, the source said.

The man was believed to have arrived from Bulgaria the evening before.

The two others were apprehended later Saturday across town at the Bercy coach terminal where they were about to board a service to Berlin, the source said.

One of the three people was Bulgarian, another Ukrainian and the third German, the source said. They were still in custody on Sunday.

The Kremlin slammed the remarks, calling them "dangerous".

The three suspects in that case are believed to have fled abroad.

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