An explosion occurred on Friday evening in a central shopping area, near the intersection of Victor Hugo road and Sala road in the city of Lyon and has injured at least seven people including a eight-year-old girl.
A security perimeter has been put in place, asking the public to avoid the area. Emergency responders assisted the wounded. French President Macron characterized the explosion as an attack and authorities in Paris have opened a terror probe into the blast. The explosion is believed to have been caused by a "parcel bomb" filled with "nails, screws and bolts" dropped off by a man on a bike. Several eye-witnesses saw a man on a bike dropping off a suitcase in front of a bakery, le Brioche Doree. The explosive device was in a bag. The package exploded just a couple of minutes later.
Several underground stations have been closed near the site of the blast. The Regional Prefect and the Public Prosecutor were at the site. Christophe Castaner, the French minister of state, said he has urged mayors and prefects to "strengthen the security" of public areas. Police were hunting a man believed to be in his early 30s, who was spotted by security cameras in the area before the explosion. France has been on high alert following a wave of deadly jihadist terror attacks since 2015 which have killed more than 250 people. Lyon is the third-biggest city in France.