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Several Injured In Big Explosion At Bakery In Central Paris

12 January 2019

Weekly protests by the yellow vest movement, which is railing against the economic policies of French President Emmanuel Macron, were scheduled for Saturday.

A loud explosion has been reported in central Paris, police have said, with pictures showing severe damage to a building.

Witnesses said they could hear screaming comes from the apartments above the bakery in the Rue de Trevise.

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Pictures and videos posted online show plumes of smoke and flames slowly consuming one of the buildings.

A fire broke out after the blast at around 8am Irish time in the busy 9th district of the city, which police suspect may have been caused by a gas leak. The area, located on the right bank of the River Seine, is home to several places of interest, including the Paris Opera, Boulevard Haussmann, and the Theatre de Paris.

Vision from the blast scene shows people lying on the street bleeding with others walking around barefoot.

Several Injured In Big Explosion At Bakery In Central Paris