Disneyland Paris Was Targeted by Apprehended Terrorist Cell

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From Deadline:

Disneyland Paris
Disneyland Paris

Just a little over a year since 130 people died in the November Paris Attacks, it has emerged that a suspected terror cell researched such landmarks as Disneyland Paris, the annual Christmas Market on the Champs-Elysées and the headquarters of the Police Judiciare at 36 Quai des Orfèvres as it plotted a series of coordinated attacks for December 1. Five out of seven people arrested last weekend have now had their custody extended for another two days.

According to French daily Libération, the seven people who were arrested last weekend between Strasbourg and Marseille had been under surveillance since the June arrest of another cell planning attacks during this summer’s Euro 2016 soccer tournament. Security sources told Le Parisien that the suspects had fought in Syria and were linked to the Isis cell that carried out the Paris Attacks last November.

The extension of the custody today suggests there is concern over an imminent attack or that the investigation is part of an international cooperation. Found with the suspects were handguns and automatic weapons as well as jihadist propaganda.

Disneyland Paris said in a statement, “We work closely with state and local authorities, and constantly review the security measures we have in place.” Last January, potential danger was thwarted when French police arrested a man attempting to enter the New York Hotel at Disneyland Paris carrying a suitcase holding two automatic guns; although the situation was not believed to be terrorism-related.

France has remained in a state of high alert — or Vigipirate — since November 13, 2015, when the Paris Attacks began at the Stade de France football stadium before gunmen ravaged the Bataclan and the 10th arrondissement of the capital city, ultimately killing 130 people. Then, on Bastille Day this summer, a truck drove into a crowd on the Promenade des Anglais in Nice, killing 86. Sting recently performed a charity concert at the Bataclan, re-opening the theater for the first time.

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Tom Corless

Tom has been regularly visiting the Walt Disney World® Resort from the time he was 4 months old. While he has made countless visits in the last 28 years, he did not become a truly active member in the Disney fan community until the summer of 2007, when he decided to launch the WDW News Today website and podcast. Tom has since become an Orlando-local and is a published author on Walt Disney World.
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  • Very scary. Unfortunately with lax security and huge crowds, it’s not if a Disney park will be a place of a terror attack, it’s when. Thankful these were found. When will people learn to love one another despite differences?

  • I went with my family last February and felt totally safe,we can’t let terrorism dictate our lives.

  • When I worked at Disneyland Paris there was an armed robbery in Disney Village at the American Express currency exchange. Security was stepped up then. More so when I visited the resort last year. At the moment armed Gendarmes patrol outside the hotels, and the station so I think it’s as safe as can be.

  • There’s crimes at WDW regularly. NONE make it to the news, if Disney can help it. They have a HUGE security problem. And they know it, but it doesn’t play well with ‘happiest place on earth’ marketing. Marketing wins out. I’m amazed this story from Paris made it out to media!

  • According to the website Mickey-Leaks(dot)blogspot(dot)com (formerly known as Empire of Mouse), this is a financial disaster for EuroDisney and the Walt Disney Co.

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