Police Find Explosive Parcel Sent To Sarkozy

Greek police have intercepted a booby-trapped parcel addressed to French president Nicolas Sarkozy and three others meant for foreign embassies in Athens.

The France-bound device was found in the hands of two far-left Greek militants after another parcel detonated at a courier company in the capital.

""The incident seems rather ridiculous and in Sarkozy's case it's quite evident that this parcel would never have reached its destination,"" said police spokesman Thanassis Kokalakis.

Police found several other explosive packages addressed to the embassies of Belgium, the Netherlands and Mexico in Athens.

A female employee at the courier company was left with slight burns to her hand when the parcel intended for the Mexican embassy caught light.""There was no explosion but we saw smoke coming out and heard a woman shouting,"" a neighbour told state television channel NET.

""I took a fire extinguisher into the room. It was full of smoke and smelled of gunpowder. You needed a mask to go in there.""

Police have arrested four people including two men, aged 22 and 24, who were found with the booby-trapped parcels destined for France. The men were both carrying handguns and one was wearing a wig and baseball cap and a bulletproof vest, police said.

Of the four arrested, one man is a suspected member of obscure group Conspiracy of Fire Nuclei, that specialises in arson attacks on offices and homes of politicians."