Train Service at Gare du Est in Paris Interrupted After Malicious Fire
This morning, an intentional fire at an electrical power installation caused the interruption of the circulation of all trains at the Gare du Est station in Paris, where some 500,000 passengers used to commute every day.
The National Railway Society (SNCF) said it was “a malicious act” referring to the cable fire detected in the early hours at a facility in Vaires sur Marne, which caused the train service to be shut down from 5:00am (4:00 GMT).
Dozens of workers have been working to have the train traffic flow restored there from 10:00am local time (9:00 GMT).
The French Minister of Transport, Clément Beaune acknowledged that it is still unknown who is behind the act and recalled that these kind of illegal activities are not occassional. He expressed his dissatisfaction with the affecting situation and insisted on punishing the responsible ones “severely”.
Gare du Est is one of the major communication hubs in Paris, and it serves several lines from the outskirts of the capital city to the northeast of France and even Germany.
SNCF warned that the redistribution and redistribution of all or part of the contents of their services is expressly prohibited, without the prior and express consent of Agencia EFE SA.