French police ‘hunt knifeman who attacked passengers at Paris Metro stations’

Police in Paris have launched a manhunt to track down a knifeman who attacked people indiscriminately at Metro stations in Paris on Thursday night, according to reports.

French police 'hunt knifeman who attacked passengers at Paris Metro stations'
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According to Le Parisien newspaper the attacker stabbed a man three times at around 9.15pm on Thursday as he was travelling on Line 7 near the Metro station Riquet in north eastern Paris.

It is not believed the attacker knew his victim, who was helped by witnesses and paramedics before being taken to hospital. His condition is not believed to be life-threatening.

The knifeman fled the scene but just before 11pm a passenger told staff at the Metro station Jacques Bonsergent, not far from Place de la Republique on line 5, that he had been attacked by a man holding a knife. He was not injured in the incident.

Police believe it was the same attacker, according to Le Parisien.

Then at around 12.50am two travellers at nearby Gare de L'Est told security staff they too had been subject to an attempted attack by a man armed with a knife. Again police believe the attacker was the same as the one involved in the first two incidents.

A description of the knifeman was not included in the report.

The map above shows Riquet, furthest to the north, Gare de l'Est in the middle, and Jacques Bonsergent to the south. Photo: GoogleMaps

While France remains on high alert due to the threat of terror attacks there has been no suggestion yet from police that Thursday's reported stabbing and attempted stabbings were motivated by terrorism. Specialist regional transport police have been placed in charge of the investigation, Le Parisien reports.

Prosecutors in Paris have so far not commented on the reports.

A spokesman from Paris transport authority RATP told The Local that they were forced to call out paramedics at around 9.15 to treat an injured passenger at Riquet Metro station. The inured man was taken to hospital by paramedics.

They had no reports on the other two reported incidents.

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The Paris transport works that could disrupt your summer

Every year, major engineering works take place on the capital's public transport network in July and August, when Parisians flee the city for their summer holidays. Here’s the lines affected this year.

The Paris transport works that could disrupt your summer
Photo: Ludovic MARIN / AFP.


The most significant changes to Metro lines will take place on line 6. The line will be closed between Montparnasse-Bienvenüe and Trocadéro throughout July and August, and the Nationale station will remain closed until the end of August. Replacement bus services will be available but will add time to your journey.

The Mairie des Lilas stop will also be inaccessible from June 26th, so line 11 line will end at Porte des Lilas until August 29th.

There will also be disruption on line 14, with no trains running between Gare de Lyon and Olympiades from July 25th until August 22nd, as work takes place to extend the line to Paris Orly Airport.


Services on the RER A line will be suspended between Auber and the Université, Cergy and Poissy stations from June 26th until August 29th, every day from 9pm and all day on weekends.

From August 9th to 13th, and August 16th to 20th,  services will be suspended all day between Auber and La Défense, and no trains will be running to or from Poissy.

Frequent work is planned on RER B, which will affect journeys between the city centre and Charles de Gaulle and orly airports. There will be no services between Aulnay-sous-Bois and Charles de Gaulle 2 Airport on the weekend of June 26th-27th, or any day after 11pm from July 1st until August 27th. There will however be a replacement bus.

Services between Charles de Gaulle terminals 1 and 2 will also be suspended on July 3rd and 4th. Likewise for journeys between Gare du Nord and Charles de Gaulle 2 on August 14th and 15th.

Improvements take place during the summer, when public transport is less crowded. Photo: Aurore MESENGE / AFP.

The Luxembourg stop meanwhile will be closed throughout the whole of July. As will the Fontaine-Michalon station to the south of Paris from June 28th to July 23rd, and Denfert-Rochereau every weekend from July 24th until August 22nd.

The RER C will also see its share of engineering works, with no trains running between Pontoise and Avenue Henri Martin on weekdays after 9:30pm, from July 1st until July 13th.

There is greater disruption to come on weekends from July 15th to August 21st. Services will be suspended between Musée d’Orsay and Pontoise, Saint-Quentin en Yvelines and Versailles Château Rive Gauche, and Massy – Palaiseau and Pont de Rungis Aéroport d’Orly.


Most tramlines will be unaffected by works, but there will still be interruptions in certain areas. Notably, the stretch of the T3b line from Porte de Vincennes to Delphine Seyrig will be blocked between July 3rd and 9th.

Full details of the disruption can be found on the RATP website.