Paris explosion: Multiple injuries reported

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Several people were injured after a big explosion badly damaged a bakery in central Paris, smashing windows in surrounding buildings, reported AFP.

A Paris police spokeswoman said firefighters are now at the bakery on Rue Trevise in the 9th arrondissement of north-central Paris.

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A loud explosion struck central Paris on Saturday, causing injuries, according to initial reports. Images shared on social media showed the area around Rue De Montyon covered in debris with a fire raging in at least one building. Witnesses described on French television the overwhelmingly sound of the blast and people trapped inside nearby buildings.

The explosion came amid heavy security in Paris and around France for the ninth successive weekend of yellow vest protests.

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