Paris Gare de Lyon railway station evacuated after major fire

29 Février, 2020, 01:25 | Auteur: Anatole Charbonneau
  • REUTERS  Gonzalo Fuentes

Travelers at the Gare de Lyon railway station in southeast Paris were evacuated after violence and a fire broke out on the sidelines of a banned protest against a Congolese musician's concert nearby.

Photos on social media showed flames reaching several metres into the sky and a cloud of black smoke around the station, which was evacuated at the height of rush hour.

Gare de Lyon, also known as Paris-Gare-de-Lyon or Station of Lyon, operates national routes as well as services to other parts of Europe. Local roads were sealed off and Parisians were advised to avoid the area.

Protests have been happening in the area throughout the day ahead of Congolese singer Fally Ipupa performing in the evening, reports Le Parisien. Opposition activists have accused Fally Ipupa of being too close to the country's rulers.

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Police said there were no reports of injuries yet.

Ipupa is said to be a supporter of politician Félix Tshisekedi, who was elected president of the Democratic Republic of the Congo in December 2018, amid allegations of rigging.

'Avoid the area and allow the emergency services to intervene, ' the police tweeted.

Firefighters said they had controlled the blaze that was in the process of being put out.

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