TV tech blamed for explosive-like object

Aug. 5, 2005 at 12:58 PM

PARIS, Aug. 5 (UPI) -- The Elysee has filed charges against a France 2 TV technician for trying to bring in an explosive-appearing device.

The presidential palace in Paris has taken issue with an object brought in by the technician covering the visit to Paris of Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon last week.

The technician's equipment included one or several objects that looked like an explosive.

After more in-depth police checks the following day, they reportedly turned out to be old batteries, according a Friday article in Le Monde newspaper.

The incident was first reported by France's Le Parisien newspaper.

France 2's interim news director, Gilles Leclerc, described as "totally unfounded" suggestions that the chain aimed to test the effectiveness of the Elysee's security system.

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