In Paris, a suspicious vehicle cordoned off the Bataclan district and awakened bad memories


Attacks of November 13 in Paris, the shock wavedossier
A large security perimeter was set up by the police this Friday evening, after a car darkened on a terrace, rue de la Pierre-Levée, then was abandoned by its driver in front of the Bataclan, boulevard Richard- Black. There are no injuries.

Beacons that invade the XI arrondissement of Paris on a Friday evening. Police officers who are deployed in numbers and urge residents and other restaurant customers to remain cloistered. The scene which took place this Friday in the Oberkampf sector is not without awakening bad memories, in this district bereaved by the attacks of November 13, 2015. However, the terrorist trail was not particularly privileged by the authorities this evening, after the heatstroke that shook the streets of Paris a few hours earlier. “We are no longer on a hit and run as it is”, confides a police source.

At the beginning of the evening, a car drove onto a terrace, rue de la Pierre-Levée, without however causing any injuries. Nor that we do not know even if it was an intentional act. Then the driver went to park his vehicle a few hundred meters away, taking the time to make a niche on Boulevard Richard-Lenoir… a stone’s throw from the Bataclan. A place of highly symbolic significance, which leaves no room for doubt. This is why a team from the Central Laboratory of the Prefecture of Police was deployed on site to carry out a possible demining operation. At 9:45 p.m., the removal of doubt was still in progress. The driver is on the run.

The device was up at ten o’clock sharp. A little over an hour earlier, armed police arrived in the surrounding streets. A group of young people had come to have a drink in a bar located in the center of a small street perpendicular to Boulevard Voltaire. “Officers arrived with weapons and bulletproof vests, testifies one of them. They shouted at us to go and take shelter, there was a crowd movement. ” One of his friends adds: “The owner of the bar was very responsive, he let us in and quickly closed the iron curtains of the establishment, we ended up in the courtyard of the building.”

Safety cord

A little further, in front of the security cordon, a man has been waiting for more than 45 minutes. “I just came back from abroad, I come to help my sick father right there”, he says, pointing to a building a few dozen meters away. “But I was blocked, like everyone else. The cops were very tense. ” If the police officers were obviously ordered not to answer the questions, a resident explains having heard everything on the walkie-talkie hanging from the belt of the police officer in front of him. “We are monitoring the situation”, he smiles.

Again in front of the bar, all the young people present explained that they had “afraid” and having thought about the 2015 attacks. “Armed police who shout at us, what’s more next to the Bataclan, it’s never a good sign”, tick one of the witnesses, a cigarette in his mouth. Fortunately, that Friday night ultimately had little to do with the grim day of six years ago.


Source: Libération by www.liberation.fr.

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