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Suspicious Package Found Near Disneyland Paris

| by Zara Zhi
Marne-de-la-Vallee-Chessy Station, FranceMarne-de-la-Vallee-Chessy Station, France

Disneyland Paris was on high alert after a suspicious package was allegedly found at a nearby railway station.

Reports say soldiers and officers with “assault rifles” were “everywhere.” The American-owned theme park, popular with tourists from all over Europe, is still open, but the Marne-de-la-Vallee-Chessy train station had been cordoned off.

One patron said he was sent away by military officers while leaving the attraction, according to Daily Mail.

“I just left Disneyland Paris on a very crowded bus after being redirected by soldiers (w/assault rifles) awray from the bus station,” he tweeted.

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Lisa, a local resident, also said the railway station had been closed off: “It seems to be the train station. All taped off and police everywhere. Stay safe. We are in village.”

On July 20, traffic was interrupted at the same station over a suspicious package, according to the Express.

Disneyland Paris gets about 14 million visitors each year, and has had a 9 percent drop in revenue from the same time last year. Euro Disney President Catherine Powell put the drop as partially down to concern over public security.

In January, French authorities arrested a man carrying two guns at an entrance to a hotel in Disneyland Paris.

The 28-year-old suspect had "a guide to the Quran" and a box of ammunition. The metal detector was triggered as he entered the New York Hotel, which is close by.

France is still in a state of emergency since the Paris attacks in November 2015, which left 130 people dead, and a July attack on a crowd by a man driving a truck, which left more than 80 dead.

Sources: Daily Mail, Express / Photo credit: Twitter via Express

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