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May 24, 2019

Parcel Bomb Explodes in Lyon, France, Wounding Eight

France 24 tries to connect this to the upcoming European elections.

That seems optimistic.

President Emmanuel Macron called the blast an "attack" during a live Facebook interview, adding that no deaths had been reported "for the time being".

The area where the explosion occurred, on a narrow strip of land between the Saône and Rhône rivers in the historic centre of the city in southeastern France, was evacuated and cordoned off by police, according to AFP journalists at the scene.

A police source told AFP the package contained "screws or bolts" and had been placed in front of a bakery near a busy corner of two popular streets.

The bomb was placed on a pedestrian street. Per LeFigaro, they're searching for a 30-year-old man on a bike.

The man being sought is in his 30s, according to an aide to the maire of the 2nd arrondisement [district]

Contacted by Le Figaro, Aurelie Bonnet Saint-Georges, aide to the mayor of the 2nd district of Lyaon, confirmed the investigation of a suspect on a bike. "It's a man in his 30s, who had set the package, his face covered, around 9 a.m. on Victor Hugo street," she added. "The videosurveillance images are in the process of being studied by the police at this very moment, the police are also going to retrieve the footage from the hotels on the street, for retracing the pathway of the individual before setting the bomb," added the mayoral aide.

Translation mine.


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