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Police pour in to Paris’ train station, evacuate passengers

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Police poured into Paris’ Gare du Nord station late Monday, evacuating passengers from platforms and sealing off the area for several hours in a new security scare to hit the French capital.

Police stand guard outside Paris' Gare du Nord station early Tuesday, May 9, 2017, following a security incident. (AP Photo/Raphael Satter / MANILA BULLETIN)

Police stand guard outside Paris’ Gare du Nord station early Tuesday, May 9, 2017, following a security incident.
(AP Photo/Raphael Satter / MANILA BULLETIN)

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.

The operation came the day after a tense and closely watched presidential election that was won by independent Emmanuel Macron, who has said one of his top priorities will be ensuring France’s security.

France is under a state of emergency imposed after a series of Islamic extremist attacks, and while police would not indicate the reason for the Gare du Nord operation, its scale and nature recalled the kind of anti-terrorism actions that have grown increasingly frequent around Paris and beyond.

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