Entertainment: Paris: More than 150 shells dating from the Second World War drafted in the Seine

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The operation lasted two days, Quai d'Austerlitz, in the 13th arrondissement of Paris, on an area estimated at the equivalent of a football field.

  Paris : plus de 150 obus datant de la Seconde Guerre mondiale repêchés dans la Seine © supplied by Franceinfo

154 shells, dating from the Second World War , were drafted in the Seine last week, reports France Inter Friday August 5. It was divers of the river brigade of the Directorate of Public Order and Traffic (DOPC) of the Police of Paris from Paris.

It is an operation carried out "in coordination with the deminers of the central laboratory of the prefecture of police which allowed this discovery", confirms to France Inter the commissioner Matthieu Thibaut, assistant to the chief of the division of specialized operational units of the DPOC. The operation lasted two days, Quai d'Austerlitz, in the 13th arrondissement of Paris, on an area estimated at the equivalent of a football field.

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Several dozen cartridges also drafted

They are lover fishing enthusiasts who discovered the first shells, before the intervention of the river brigade. Present in large numbers, the shells forced the agents to recover them in several times. The parts were devoid of an ignition system. Munitions, including "several dozen cartridges have also been drafted", specifies Commissioner Matthieu Thibaut.

The magnet fishing consists in having a powerful magnet at the end of a cane to recover precious or historical metal objects and debris. A note from the Ministry of the Interior, dating from 2019, specifies that it is "considered illegal" if it is practiced "without authorization from the administrative authority". In the event of the discovery of a suspicious object, the police officers of the river brigade advise against manipulating it and invite to quickly call for help.

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