France holds three Moldovans over soldier coffin inscriptions: prosecutors

The inscriptions appeared in Paris (Geoffroy VAN DER HASSELT)
The inscriptions appeared in Paris (Geoffroy VAN DER HASSELT)

French police are holding three young Moldovans suspected of being behind inscriptions of coffins in Paris with the slogan "French soldiers in Ukraine", prosecutors said on Saturday.

"Investigations are continuing. The possibility of foreign interference has not been ruled out at this stage," the Paris prosecutor's office told AFP.

On Friday, eight coffin inscriptions and three others with words written in the Cyrillic alphabet were discovered on building facades in Paris, said a police source.

Three Moldovans were arrested in the same area on the night of Friday to Saturday, "carrying spray paint and stencils that could match", added the same source, who asked not to be named.

They are now being questioned in police custody.

The latest incident came after coffins were also found inscribed on the Eiffel Tower. President Emmanuel Macron has not ruled out sending troops to Ukraine for its fight against the Russian invasion, angering Moscow.

Red-hands inscriptions were also found last month on the Holocaust memorial in Paris.

The possibility of foreign interference is still being investigated in these incidents. French officials have repeatedly warned of the risks of information and other attacks by Russia over the support of Paris for Ukraine in the war.