Police evacuate Paris’ Gare du Nord station because of security alert
Paris, May 9 : Police evacuated Paris’ Gare du Nord train station at night and cordoned off the area because of a security alert, local police authorities said.
A Reuters witness at the scene said there were at least 10 police vans outside the station in central Paris yesterday.
Police gradually began reopening Paris’ Gare du Nord train station early on Tuesday morning after earlier evacuating the platforms and cordoning off the area because of a security alert, local police authorities said.
A Reuters witness at the scene said there were between 20 to 30 police vans outside the station in central Paris with security forces wearing balaclavas and carrying assault weapons.
“End of security checks. Gradual return to normal,” Paris police said in a tweet.
Authorities gave no other details about the nature of the operation.
Security has been stepped up across France because of Sunday’s presidential runoff, which Emmanuel Macron won.
Over the past two years, the country has been hit by a series of Islamist militant attacks in Paris and other cities in which more than 230 people have been killed.
Paris police spokeswoman Johanna Primevert told The Associated Press that the operation was aimed at “removing doubt” and ended with no arrests, but she would not say what prompted it. A station employee said the operation focused on a train from Valenciennes in northern France.
The busy station is the terminus of a large suburban and national rail network as well as Eurostar trains from London.