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Mysterious Coffins Discovered Near Eiffel Tower

French authorities are currently investigating who placed five empty coffins covered in France’s national colors near the site of the Eiffel Tower.

French authorities have placed three men under investigation for placing coffins near the Eiffel Tower that were inscribed with the phrase “French soldiers in Ukraine.”

The inscription is believed to refer to French President Emmanuel Macron’s declaration that he is not ruling out sending French troops to Ukraine.

French investigators are claiming the incident is connected to the Kremlin.

Per The Guardian:

French police are investigating whether the placing of five full-sized coffins covered with the French tricolour at the Eiffel Tower at the weekend was another act of Russian interference.

Three men were formally put under investigation on Monday – the equivalent of being charged – in connection with the coffins, each of which was inscribed with “French soldiers in the Ukraine”.

The inscription is believed to be a reference to the French president, Emmanuel Macron, raising the possibility of sending western troops to Ukraine, a suggestion Moscow has described as “dangerous”.

The incident also followed talks between French and Ukrainian defence ministers a week ago in which the possibility of France sending military instructors to Ukraine to train its forces was raised.

French detectives are investigating links between one of the suspects and the vandalism of the Holocaust memorial in Paris a week ago; 35 red hands were painted on the monument, which honours individuals who saved Jews from persecution during the 1940-44 Nazi occupation of France.

Russia has denied any connection to the coffins.

Here’s what Al Jazeera reported:

Russia has vehemently denied any role in a stunt that saw several coffins appear at the Eiffel Tower in Paris.

In a statement on Tuesday, Russia’s embassy in France expressed “strong protest against a new Russophobic campaign launched in the French media” that it said is affecting the security of its citizens. The complaint came amid a string of denials by Moscow that it was seeking to influence public opinion as the West mulls raising support for Ukraine in its fight against Russia’s invasion.

“The Russian Federation has never interfered and does not interfere in the internal affairs of France – our country has other, more important priorities,” the embassy statement read.

Five coffins draped in French flag and bearing the inscription “French soldiers of Ukraine” were deposited by three men from a van on Saturday. A Bulgarian, a Ukrainian and a German, who were later arrested said they had been paid to drop the coffins at the iconic tourist spot.

French authorities and media have posited that Russia may have organised the stunt in response to President Emmanuel Macron’s suggestion that France could send members of the military to Ukraine to aid and train its forces or allow it to use French weapons to strike inside Russia.


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