Witnesses at the Rue De Rivoli in Paris report huge amounts of police activity there. The street is closed off and photos from the scene show a police cordon and abandoned roads.
Peter Allen, a Paris-based journalist, tweeted that much of the two-mile long boulevard had been closed due to suspicious items being found. Police are on the scene investigating and it is also being reported that the city’s underground Metro system is not stopping at the street as a precaution.
— Enleil (@enleil) April 20, 2017
Rue de Rivoli in central Paris remains shut along much of its 2 mile length. Suspicious items being dealt with by police. pic.twitter.com/cHlcQV9WLq
— Peter Allen (@peterallenparis) April 20, 2017
Rue De Rivoli is one of the most popular streets in all of Paris. Shocked witnesses have described a significant police present along the two-mile road. France has been in a state of emergency since the ISIS-led Paris attacks of November 2015. The state of emergency was recently extended until the 2017 French elections are done on Sunday, May 7.
Current UK travel advice for France warns “there is a high threat from terrorism”.
Rue de Rivoli
Rue de Rivoli is one of the most famous streets of Paris, a commercial street whose shops include the most fashionable names in the world. It has a length of 10,070 feet (3,070 meters). The construction on it was completed on May 3, 1848.