Nimes railway station in S. France returns to normal after evacuation

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Police are investigating a possible gunfight at a train station in Nimes, France, according to local reports.

A national police official denied the initial reports of a shooting incident at the station and described the police activity as a "verification" operation.

Spanish media reported earlier that shots had been fired and social media users bombarded Twitter with anxious messages, but the prefecture denied there had been any violence. Meanwhile the station and surrounding areas have been evacuated towards Las Arenas, the Roman amphitheatre.

The officials, who were not authorised to be publicly named, said no one has been reported hurt in the operation.

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The paper reports that police have arrested one individual and are hunting another.

The local authorities urged people not to go near the station for the time being.

The evacuation comes as Nimes host on Saturday the departure of the Vuelta, Cycling tour of Spain.