Patrick Ropert, a spokesman for SNCF, said:
Above all we evidently must salute the level-headedness and the determination of the two American passengers who intervened aboard the Thalys today.
I want to pay tribute to the support of the passengers we witnessed and the Thalys staff tonight in extremely testing conditions.
The minister of the interior has arrived in Arras to oversee the inquiry and the operation there.
(snip) It appears there were three Americans and a Briton
Mr Skarlatos, a 22-year old member of the National Guard added
I just got back from Afghanistan last month, and this was my vacation from Afghanistan
04.45There were other passengers , in addition to the marines, who played a part in subduing the gunman. Pictured here are (left to right) Anthony Sadler, from Pittsburg, California, Alek Skarlatos from Roseburg, Oregon, and Chris Norman, a Briton living in France who were awarded medals for their part in tackling the attacker.