Moments of tension in Paris, which for several hours was plunged back into the nightmare of terrorism. At 4:30 p.m., in the central district of Les Halles – the mall with multiplex cinema and department stores – some witnesses called the police after hearing gunshots coming from a church near Rue St. Denis.
A few minutes later, the prefecture posted a message on Twitter to inform people that there is a police operation underway in the area and to invite the public to avoid the area. For several long minutes, the French capital fell back into the nightmare of terrorism and some people even mentioned hostages and injured.
At 4:48, all the important safety devices – helicopters, the district of Les Halles cut off, the population invited to remain at home via radio, television, and from the police car speakers – have been removed. The alarm, raised at 4.30 p.m., fortunately, proved to be false: “no danger to report,” has said the police prefecture in a statement.
What happened – local media specified, is undoubtedly a symptom of a tense capital, after the huge terrorist attacks and recent repeated threats. A city that cannot overcome fear and that, probably, will remain on high alarm for many months to come.