Huge fire breaks out at Paris train station as police evacuate building

A huge fire has broken out at the Gare de Lyon train station in Paris.

Images from the scene show thick smoke billowing into the sky as police evacuate the area.

Initial reports claim the fire is related to a protest in the area, although this has not been confirmed by authorities.

Roads in the area have been closed and public transport is not running a normal service.

Firefighters at the scene were also reportedly being prevented from accessing the scene by protesters who set cars, scooters and rubbish alight, it is claimed.

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The fire is located near the AccorHotel Arena and protests are said to be in relation to a performance being held this evening, reports Le Parisien.

The publication reports violence was sparked after the arrival of  Congolese singer Fally Ipupa – who has previously had performances cancelled in the French capital over fears of demonstrations.

Congolese singers in the past have had their concerts disrupted by protesters opposed to the Democratic Republic of Congo political regime.

Astonishing images and from the scene show enormous smoke clouds filling the sky over high rise buildings in the area.

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Fally Ipupa, 42, had another concert cancelled in 2017 after authorities found there was a risk of "serious disturbances to public order".

Some people took to Twitter after seeing scenes appearing to show protesters clashing with emergency service workers.

Louis Riel said: "This incredible fire in the heart of the capital of France along the Gare du Lyon is actually due to a brawl between Congolese for a story of a rapper."

It is believed police have made two arrests.

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