Paris ‘gas explosion’ causes casualties in city centre

Firefighters are tackling a blaze in a business in the centre of Paris after a powerful explosion which injured a number of people.

Cars were destroyed and other buildings like theatre were damaged by the blast on Rue de Trévise in the 9th Arrondissement.

According to French television emergency vehicles surrounding the area.

A Paris police spokeswoman said firefighters are currently at the scene of the blast Saturday morning at the bakery on Rue Trevise in the 9th arrondissement of north-central Paris. She said several injuries have been reported to police but no deaths. The spokeswoman, who wasn’t authorized to be publicly named, provided no further details.

However, Police suspect a gas leak caused the explosion which occurred in a bakery around 09:00 (08:00 GMT).
Police say several people have been injured but no death recorded.

Firefighters evacuate an injured person after the explosion of a bakery on the corner of the streets Saint-Cecile and Rue de Trevise in central Paris.

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They have asked people to stay away from the area, to allow emergency services access.

The explosion came amid heavy security in Paris and around France for yellow vest protests expected later Saturday.

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Meanwhile Paris and other French cities have been bracing themselves for a new round of anti-government protests by “yellow vest” demonstrators, with 80,000 police officers due to be on duty on Saturday – although the explosion is not thought to be connected with the demonstrations.

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