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Paris Metro Evacuation

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I went to paris for the weekend just gone, (6th June 2014 - 9th June 2014) and on sunday (8th June) we took a metro, we reached the station "Europe" and without any warning, all passengers ran off the train and out of the station, as we didnt know what was going on, we panicked and followed. In the station was I assume some kind of chemical leak as we all immediatley began to struggle to breathe and our eyes started to burn. There was no explanation and I would love to hear from anyone who knows what this could have been/was there too/ and does this happen often? We're also slightly concerned as to what we have been exposed to!

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    I can't explain what happened to you but something similar happened to us a few years ago. We were at the flea market and got on the metro that was sitting at the station. There was an announcement (which I didn't fully understand) about waiting to clear something off the track. So we waited.

    Suddenly several young men with bandanas tied over their mouths and noses ran onto the metro car. We initially thought it was a robbery. Soon we noticed our eyes and noses burning. We were happy we adopted the Parisian style of wearing scarves and could cover our noses. We then heard an announcement about a lost child as the reason for not moving.

    Finally, the train began to empty and we followed along. The immediate area was filled with police with snarling dogs straining to get free (and at us, it seemed)

    We never found out what it was.....we were told some sort of demonstration as it was very close to the presidential election. There were four of us there and none of us experienced any adverse effect (after the initial burning)from whatever we were exposed to.

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