Trocadero Square near Eiffel Tower evacuated after ‘false reports’ of armed incident
Traffic was partially blocked, RATP (Régie Autonome des Transports Parisiens), a state-owned public transport operator, confirmed on Twitter.
— Julien Escro (@JulienEspio) January 9, 2015
Law enforcers searched the Trocadero metro station, and shooting was also reported at the site.
However, the Interior Ministry later said the incident was a false alarm.
— Ministère Intérieur (@Place_Beauvau) January 9, 2015
It happened shortly after a gunman took several hostages in a kosher grocery store in eastern Paris. A police operation is underway there with traffic hindered and near-by schools evacuated.
A Trocadéro, des policiers en joue devant le métro pic.twitter.com/QkTrD4CDgb
— Mélodie Pépin (@MelodiePeps) January 9, 2015
Earlier on Friday, the suspects in the Charlie Hebdo shooting took one or several hostages in Dammartin-en-Goele commune 50 kilometers from Paris.
Tensions are running high across France following the worst terror attack to strike in a generation. Earlier on Thursday, a man opened fire on a police officer and a city employee near La porte de Chatillon, Montrouge commune, south of Paris. The police officer died shortly after the attack.
Urgent. Appel à témoins. pic.twitter.com/NXSs78uiNM
— Apolline De Malherbe (@apollineWakeUp) January 9, 2015
The suspects involved in the Montrouge fatal shooting of a policewoman on Thursday have been identified as Hayat Boumeddiene, 26, and Amedy Coulibaly, 32. One or both of them are also suspected of having taken hostages in a grocery store in Paris on Friday.