The police referred to "a private museum to the glory of the Third Reich" to describe the objects that a 76-year-old man kept at his home in Niort (Deux-Sèvres).
The collection was in fact discovered by firefighters, dispatched to the scene after the occupant of the apartment had stopped answering the phone.
Rescuers fell on sabers, rifles, machine guns, pistols and ammunition.
For a total of 80 weapons.
Deminers called upon
The septuagenarian also had flags adorned with the Nazi swastika and uniforms of SS soldiers, reports
La Nouvelle République
The former soldier had also amassed several types of explosives, such as shells and grenades.
The presence of these devices led to the intervention of deminers from the Civil Security of La Rochelle (Charente-Maritime).
These experts, accompanied by police officers, combed through the apartment located near Niort station.
They first assessed the dangerousness of the arsenal then secured the premises.
The tenant was taken to hospital in a worrying condition.
"All the equipment was withdrawn from the person who possessed them", announced Jean-Luc Tarrega, chief of staff of the prefect.
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