France: Russia link suspected in Eiffel Tower coffin mystery

Source: BBC News [UK state media]

“French intelligence officials believe Russia is behind a stunt in which five coffins draped in a French flag and bearing the inscription ‘French soldiers of Ukraine’ were deposited near the Eiffel Tower. Three men were seen arriving in a van at about 09:00 (07:00 GMT) on Saturday. The coffins that they left were later found to contain sacks of plaster. Police rapidly apprehended the driver, who claimed he had been paid €40 (£34) by the two others to transport the coffins. He himself had arrived in Paris only the day before from Bulgaria. Later, police caught the two others at Bercy coach station in central Paris, where they were allegedly planning to board a bus to Berlin. They told police they had been paid €400 to deposit the coffins, according to French media.” (06/03/24)