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Hundreds evacuated from the Paris metro after a power failure


Paris, France. (AP Photo / Christophe Ena)

Paris, France – Hundreds of passengers and tourists were evacuated from one of the busiest subway lines in Paris on Tuesday night after a power failure stopped trains without a driver.

Failure occurred around 8:10 p.m. (18:10 GMT) between two stations on Line 1 in the Marais district of the French capital, said a spokesman for the operator RATP.

Traffic was not fully resumed until 11:30 pm

Passengers had to be evacuated from at least eight trains, many walking to the nearest station in the dark along the tracks.

The fire service said that five people were treated for heat exhaustion after being trapped underground as France is experiencing a weeks-long heat wave. 19659003] The incident on Line 1, which serves some of Paris' most popular sites, such as the Louvre, the Tuileries garden and the Champs-Elysees, occurs after tens of thousands of people were stranded at a station of the capital train after an electrical accident. fire during the weekend. / kga

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