At least ten people have been arrested for allegedly sabotaging power cables on France’s high speed TGV train lines.
According to France’s Interior Ministry, the suspects all have links to so-called far-left “anarcho-autonomous” political movements that have been under surveillance for several months.
Some 300 police were involved in the operation leading to the arrests in the Correze region in central France, Rouen, in the north, the Meuse region in the northeast and Paris. Severe delays were caused at the weekend when power was cut by metal bars hooked onto several overhead electric cables on TGV lines in the area around Paris.
The government and management of France’s national rail operator SNCF said that the actions, which did not threaten the safety of passengers, appear to have been coordinated acts of sabotage.
Rail unions have expressed relief over the arrests following suggestions that the saboteurs, who were presumed to have experience working with high tension power cables, may have been current railway employees.