A French man has been arrested for wearing a pair of hidden blades. The man, who is a fan of cosplaying, is thought to have been inspired by Ubisoft's Assassin's Creed series in which the protagonist often wears hidden blades.
Police were carrying out searches ahead of the Yellow Vests protests in Paris, France last week and in the Saint-Lazare area, they approached 27 year old Thomas G. who wore a military backpack, a black mask, and sunglasses. Thomas G. looked suspicious and began to flee from the officers who quickly caught up to him and performed a search.
When performing the search, they found that the man had two devices strapped to his forearms. Just like in Assassin's Creed these devices able to make a blade slide out of his jacket. The suspect had made the devices himself and warned police that they were "unstable." The officers held G. on the ground to remove the blades and the devices safely without harming the suspect or police. The officers also found pruning shears, a shovel and a DSPAP police patch.
As G. was questioned by police, he explained that he is a fan of cosplay and of law enforcement. While local reports about the arrest do not mention Assassin's Creed, it is believed that this where G. got the idea from. In Assassin's Creed, hidden blades are hugely important to wear them you have to have your fingers cut off to show that you really do support the assassin's cause and the fight for liberty and justice. It doesn't seem that G. went that far with his homemade hidden blades, but his designs are quite like those that you see in the series.
The Assassin's Creed franchise also has a strong connection to France. Ubisoft is a French company, Assassin's Creed Unity is set in France and Ubisoft also donated money to the Notre-Dame restoration fund, explaining how important the cathedral is.
Unfortunately for the man, he will not be able to legally help enforce liberty and justice as a member of the authorities, with or without hidden blades. G. had also said that he was going to take an exam at the end of May to become a security assistant. However, with his arrest over the hidden blades, it now seems incredibly unlikely that he will be able to enter the industry.
Source: Le Point