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Seven dead in Paris building blast

The death toll in the partial collapse of a four-storey apartment building in a Paris suburb has risen to seven after emergency crews pulled the body of an elderly woman from the rubble.

Fire department spokesman Gabriel Plus said the body was found this morning in north-eastern area of Rosny-sous-Bois.

Officials said there was no longer danger in the neighbourhood after the explosion sheared part of the building yesterday, scattering scraps of metal and household belongings.

French interior minister Bernard Cazeneuve has said a gas leak is believed to be the cause.

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