Several injuries reported after explosion in Paris

Fire fighters attend a blast at a bakery in central Paris

An explosion has rocked central Paris, with dozens of people injured, historic buildings damaged and cars alight.

Local reports say it was due to a gas leak in a bakery, adding that it was accidental.

Pranav Chittur, who heard the explosion, told the Metro: "The fire woke me up in the morning".

"The explosion was so severe, windows were breaking three or four blocks away where I was", Luke said. "It was chaotic so we only got a few pictures before we were all cordoned off".

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Images posted on Twitter showed debris covering the street and the lower part of the building blown out and on fire.

The explosion came amid heavy security in Paris and around France for the ninth successive weekend of yellow vest protests.

Firefighters pulled injured victims out of windows and evacuated residents as smoke billowed out of the building on Rue de Trevise in the 9th arrondissement of north-central Paris.

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