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French airport at centre of fake bomb claims

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French airport at centre of fake bomb claims


A union representing workers at France’s largest airport, Charles de Gaulle near Paris, have produced undercover footage which they claim shows a fake bomb being smuggled onto an aircraft. The images appear to feature men entering the section operated by Chronopost, the freight arm of the French postal service. A package is then handed through a hole in the fence from the non- secure area to the secure side, with direct access to aircraft.

“This route here can be taken by the Chronopost employees, whether management or workers, or even temporary staff that we don’t know that well,” said CGT union official Hazziz Faddel. “This passageway here is used by lorry drivers, people not employed by Chronopost at all.”

The exposé comes as seven Muslim airport staff, including two from Chronopost, are appealing against a decision to withdraw their security clearance because they are considered a risk. A court decision is due today. The union claims the film shows lapses in security which constitute far more of a potential risk than any allegedly posed by the men whose passes have been revoked.

Union officials claim there have been repeated attempts at dialogue with management and the police over security concerns. Chronopost has declined to comment on the footage.

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