Parts of central Paris were briefly cordoned off during a major security operation after reports of a hostage-taking at a church that turned out to be a false alarm. Gavino Garay reports.
False alarm leads to major police operation in Paris
France was put back on edge again — two months after the deadly Nice attack.
This time, authorities received reports of a hostage standoff at a church in central Paris, which triggered a major security operation.
It turned out to be just a false alarm but Interior Ministry spokesman Pierre Henry Brandet says the commotion created some panic.
(SOUNDBITE) (French) SPOKESPERSON OF INTERIOR MINISTRY, PIERRE HENRY BRANDET, SAYING:
“People, witnesses saw people running — some who were inside the church, some who had locked themselves inside, thinking there was something happening.”
Some one hundred police officers cleared the area and evacuated the church before it became clear there was no danger.
Security forces have been on high alert after a series of attacks by Islamist militants that have killed more than 230 people since January 2015.