Brief crowd panic occurs in Paris after man commits suicide

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Panic broke out briefly in a business and shopping district of Paris on Saturday after a man committed suicide, a police spokesperson said.

The spokesperson dismissed reports that gunshots had been fired.

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Police had urged people to avoid the area as a result of the incident, in which a man jumped to his death.

People had rushed away from La Defense area in the immediate aftermath of the incident. Paris has been hit by a number of militant attacks in recent years.

Earlier, the French Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin wrote on Twitter saying that a police operation was underway in the French capital’s La Defense business district.

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