Blindfolded and barefoot, the Paris train terrorist is frogmarched by armed police into a French court just hours before his questioning deadline expires.

Moroccan gunman Ayoub El Khazzani was flanked by four officers in bulletproof vests and balaclavas as he was escorted into the Paris courthouse wearing prison scrubs.

French investigators had just hours left to decide whether to charge or release the 25-year-old, who was overpowered by a group of Americans and a Briton when he opened fire on a high-speed train.

Khazzani, who boarded the service in Brussels armed with a Kalashnikov, a Luger automatic pistol, ammunition and a box-cutter, is being questioned by counter-terrorism investigators.

Under French law, authorities can question Khazzani, who does not speak French, for four days, a deadline that expires this evening, after which they must charge or release him.

Paris Prosecutor Francois Molins was due to hold a press conference at 5pm (4pm BST).

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