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Child with toy gun sparks police alert in French city of Lille

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By ANSA  with Euronews
The laert was sounded near Lille Flandres train station.
The laert was sounded near Lille Flandres train station.   -   Copyright  AP Photo/Michel Spingler, File

The centre of Lille was shut down for around an hour on Thursday because of a child playing with a toy gun.

French police were alerted to reports of "a man armed with a Kalashnikov" assault rifle in the city's Euralille district.

Traffic was diverted from the scene and the area near Lille Flandres train station was cordoned off by authorities.

But it was later confirmed that the reports of a Kalashnikov were a false alarm and had instead been a young boy playing with a toy weapon.

Police stated on Twitter that they had completed their operation and traffic had resumed in the area.

Authorities have also denied rumours on social media that any shots had been fired during the operation.