DOZENS of passengers have been evacuated from a Paris train station after a huge explosion caused fears of a fresh terror alert.

The incident, on Line 6 in or near to the Place d'Italie subway stop, is initially believed to have been caused by an electrical fire, but these reports are unconfirmed.

It is unclear at this time what caused the explosion, but security personnel are believed have sealed off the area.

Early reports are that eight people have been injured.

 

 

Reuters later quoted a police spokesman said the incident was due to a technical fault.

"No explosion. This was not a (terrorist) attack," the spokesman said.

 

 

A spokesman for the metro operator RATP said: "There was a technical incident on line 6 and there was a release of smoke. Maintenance workers are on the spot. Traffic has been interrupted on part of the line."

France has been on high alert since the shooting of a knife-wielding attacker outside the Louvre museum at the weekend.

A 29-year-old Egyptian, identified as Abdullah Reda al-Hamamy, was shot several times on Friday after he set upon soldiers with a pair of machetes in what French President Francois Hollande described as a terrorist attack.

"His life is no longer in danger," an official at the prosecutor's office said. 

One soldier was injured in the incident near the entrance to the museum, which went into lockdown and closed for the rest of the day, reopening on Saturday. 

The attacker was carrying a backpack that contained paint spray cans but no explosives, police said.

 

News Corp Australia


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