At least 13 people were injured when an explosive device went off at a bakery in central Lyon, France's third biggest city. President Emmanuel Macron described it as an "attack."
Police in the city of Lyon were searching for a man believed to be responsible for a Friday blast which injured several people. The explosion targeted a bakery on the central street Rue Victor Hugo, in what French President Emmanuel Macron called an "attack."
"It's not for me to give a toll but it appears there are no casualties," said Macron. "There have been injuries, so obviously I'm thinking of these injured and their families." None of the injuries were life-threatening but 11 people were taken to hospital. There were eight women, a 10-year-old girl and four men injured.
The man was caught on surveillance video dropping off a package near the bakery. Police described him as a European or North African male in his early 30s, wearing beige Bermuda shorts, an army-green scarf or head wrap and dark glasses. He left the scene on a mountain bicycle.
Police have urged people to avoid the area. Transport authorities said they closed the nearby Ampere-Victor Hugo and Bellecour metro stations.
French Interior Minister Christophe Castaner said he has instructed all police prefects to "reinforce the security of public sites and events." Paris' counterterrorism authority, which has jurisdiction over terrorism incidents throughout France, announced that it has opened a probe into the explosion.