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An anti-nuclear protester has died in north-eastern France after being run over by a train carrying nuclear waste from France to Germany, regional authorities said.
The 21-year-old man, who had chained himself to the railway near the city of Nancy, lost a leg after he was crushed by the train and died despite receiving emergency treatment at the scene.
The authorities said the accident happened in the early afternoon in the town of Avricourt after a group of eight people gathered near the main Paris to Strasbourg line, on which the nuclear transport train was travelling.
"After coming out of a corner at reduced speed, the train was apparently confronted with the group, which moved out of the way with the exception of one person, who was hit," a police statement said.
"Despite the arrival of the emergency services at the scene, the young man died of his injuries," the statement said.
The police did not reveal the man's identity, but said he was aged 21 and "probably" from the Meuse region in eastern France and was part of a group of activists.
Nancy state prosecutor Michel Senthille said that one of the man's legs had been cut off in the incident, contradicting an earlier statement by the regional authorities who said both the man's legs had been sectioned.
Earlier the train, which was carrying treated nuclear waste from the French plant at La Hague to Gorleben in northern Germany was delayed for two hours near Nancy as police removed two protesters who had also chained themselves to the railway lines.
Mr Senthille said that the man who died was not thought to have had links with this group.
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