Arsonists burn cars, send 'Paris With Love' packing

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Filmmakers suspended work on a John Travolta film Tuesday after 10 cars belonging to Europacorp's production team were burned by arsonists in the tough Paris suburb of Montfermeil.

Pierre Morel's "From Paris With Love," a $55 million thriller about a young embassy worker and a U.S. secret agent on a high-risk mission in Paris, was set for an 11-week shoot in and around the capital. Jonathan Rhys Meyers also stars.

The violence led writer- producer Luc Besson and company to pack up their things and leave the region.

"It's a real shame. The project should have been gratifying and valuable for everyone," said the town's mayor, Xavier Lemoine. He added that 90 residents were to have served as extras.

Montfermeil is home to one of the nation's most crime-ridden housing projects. Europacorp said only that filming of the housing project scenes is suspended pending a review.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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