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Man arrested after shots fired near cafes targeted in Paris attacks

Published 07/04/2016

Police officers block a street after a gunman fired shots near cafes targeted in last November's Paris attacks (AP)
Police officers block a street after a gunman fired shots near cafes targeted in last November's Paris attacks (AP)

French police have arrested a suspected gunman after shots were fired near Parisian cafes targeted in November's terror attacks.

No injuries were reported but the incident rattled nerves in a city still on edge.

Paris police spokeswoman Johana Primevert said officers were deployed after shots rang out. A suspect who appeared to be drunk later surrendered, she said.

"I heard there was a hostage-taking so I came outside. There was a crowd collecting and all these police and media. But it's hardly anything. Now every time we hear a police siren we panic. Everyone overreacts. Fear? I'm not afraid," said local resident Gilles Selles.

The building is at the junction of the Rue de Bichat and Rue du Faubourg du Temple in eastern Paris, near two cafes targeted in the November 13 Islamic State attacks that left 130 people dead and hundreds wounded. France remains on edge and under a state of emergency since the attacks.

"It was quiet, dead for a long time after the attacks with all the memorials, and then this again," another resident, Pierre Chretien, said. "I don't realise the impact yet of this (shooter) here. We're not safe here, not safe anywhere in Paris."

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