Armed French police boarded a London-bound Eurostar after a Brit was accused of wearing “the wrong type of mask”.
The drama saw the unidentified man being arrested and hauled off the train after it made an emergency stop in Lille, northern France.
The incident unfolded soon after Eurostar 9031 left Paris Gare du Nord on time at 1.13pm French time on Thursday.
The man – who is in his 40s and believed to be from Liverpool – was then surrounded by at least eight uniformed officers,
He was left stranded when the train resumed its journey to England.
“I’ve done nothing wrong and respect all Coronavirus rules – this is absolutely outrageous,” he said, as he was led away in front of other stunned passengers.
He added: “I have absolutely no idea what this is all about, except that a Eurostar staff member has taken a very strong dislike to me, and accused me of not wearing the right type of mask.
“Now I’m going to be left alone in France, when all I wanted to do is get home from a work trip.
“This is very cruel treatment. We should all be getting on, not treating each other like this.”
Asked why the man had been forced off the train, one of the Lille police officers confirmed he had been arrested, and said: “We don’t know why, we’ll have to find out.”
The female Eurostar manager – who remained on the train after the man was taken into custody – confirmed she had reported him for wearing the “wrong type of mask”.
Other passengers then complained about the unscheduled, unannounced stop in Lille that caused a delay of some 15 minutes.
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Source: the Sun