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Paris halts filming of action movies after terror attacks






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The filming of action movies in the streets of Paris has been halted. This is following the recent terror attacks in the city, which left 20 people dead. Security has increased around synagogues, newspaper and television company offices and shopping malls. Armed police and soldiers are clearly visible on the streets. Security measures now also apply to the movie industry. Paris' police commander said: "There's a problem with these action-type scenes, as the actors in uniform could be targets for terrorists." She added that actors with guns could confuse the public.

The police do not know how long the ban will last. They said the time is not right for car chases and fake weapons. The commander said: "I was shocked to hear witnesses of the Charlie Hebdo attacks say on television that it seemed like a movie shoot." The new restrictions could affect big American productions planned for Paris. One reporter said: "Even if Steven Spielberg wanted to film a big scene with police and a shoot-out in the streets….I'm sure it would not get made." The annual Film Set Fair is in Paris this week. Filmmakers are worried there will be fewer movies filmed in Paris.

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