Jittery Paris puts brakes on filming action movies

French soldiers as they patrol near the Louvre Museum in Paris, January 10, 2015. (photo credit: AP/Laurent Cipriani, File

PARIS — Fearing that actors could be mistaken for police — and chase scenes confused for the real thing — Paris is sharply restricting filming of action movies in the city that been the stage for some of film’s most memorable high-octane sequences.

Filming outside scenes with police, army or security services was quietly banned after the attacks in the French capital that left 20 dead, including three gunmen.

“There’s a problem with these action-type scenes, as the actors in uniform could be targets for terrorists. Also, the actors could pose confusion for the general public — during this highly sensitive period,” Sylvie Barnaud, the police official who grants outside filming permission in Paris, told The Associated Press…

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