A man holding a knife was arrested at the Nord-de-Nord station in Paris this afternoon (22 April) amid scenes of panic as passengers left their belongings and fled the area.The suspect, a 20-year-old male from Mali, was seen by members of the public walking to the station carrying a knife. The police were immediately alerted and arrested.According to the French television network Pfmtv, the man was told to lie on the ground and did not resist arrest.
The sight of the scene reveals many passengers who abandoned their luggage in the center of the station for fear of a knife attack.An AFP correspondent at the scene said the suspension of the Eurostar train was also suspended for a short time.
Gare de Nord is one of the largest transit centers in the French capital, serving the city’s metro and suburban trains as well as inter-city trains and high-speed trains like Eurostar from London.The incident comes a day before the French presidential election and comes after a day of unrest in the capital where rioters took tear gas and torches in the streets before the election.
Tensions are high in France after police officer Xavier Jogel was killed by a fanatic of Isis Karim Chorvi in the Champs-Elysées on Thursday. The 39-year-old drove his silver Audi to “target” officers on the street using Kalashnikov. A memo defending the so-called Islamic state was found near his body after the attack.
More than 100 wives and a police partner known as the Angry Police Wives Club took to the streets to protest the killing of the officer.With tense tension in the French capital, voters will go to the polls on April 22 in the first round of the country’s presidential election.