At least seven people have been killed and dozens injured in a train crash south of Paris.
The French interior Minister confirmed the deaths when the train derailed at Bretigny-sur-Orge station.
Manuel Valls said: “The death toll is evolving constantly at this point and unfortunately it will probably rise. At this stage there are seven people dead, several dozen wounded and some of them serious.”
The train veered off the track as it pulled into the station after leaving the capital bound for the city of Limoges in central France.
Passengers who spoke to the French media at the scene said it was travelling unusually fast as it approached the station.
One media source said the train crashed at high speed and split in two with part of it continuing along the track while the other section rolled onto its side.
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