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Panic in Paris train station as police arrest man carrying a knife

The incident occurred a day before France’s first round of its presidential election.
Apr 22nd 2017, 4:51 PM 13,268 17

A MAN CARRYING a knife was arrested today at Paris’s Gare du Nord station, causing brief panic days after the jihadist killing of a policeman, police sources said amid pre-election jitters.

“An individual carrying a knife came into the station, was pointed out to a police patrol which immediately arrested him,” one of the sources said.

No-one was injured in the incident.

Another police source added that the arrest caused a “panic movement” with a number of travellers abandoning their luggage in the middle of the station.

The incident came two days after the Champs Elysees killing of a policeman and one day before France goes to the polls in the first round of close-run presidential elections.

France remains under a state of emergency following a string of attacks that have claimed 239 lives since 2015.

– © AFP 2017  

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