Would-be ‘terrorist’ detained in France after failed self-immolation with bottle of rosé wine on train

  • The man doused himself in the wine on a train from Lille when a conductor asked him for his ticket
PUBLISHED : Thursday, 15 November, 2018, 1:39am
UPDATED : Thursday, 15 November, 2018, 3:47am

A man who doused himself with rosé wine in a failed attempt to self-immolate on a train is being held by French police on a potential terrorism charge.

A French official said Wednesday the man, waving a phone showing images of armed combatants, was tackled by a soldier and a police officer, both off duty. The train was travelling Tuesday from Lille in the north to Montpellier in the south.

The official said the man, who identified himself as Syrian, grew angry when a conductor asked him for a ticket, which he didn’t have. The official wasn’t authorised to discuss the detention publicly and spoke on condition of anonymity.

The newspaper Le Progres, which first reported the arrest, said the wine was a rosé. The official didn’t know the vintage.