Huge blaze ravages iconic bookstore and gallery in Paris

An iconic Paris bookstore and gallery that was a hangout for intellectuals such as Jean-Paul Sartre and Simone de Beauvoir was destroyed in a huge blaze on Thursday.

Huge blaze ravages iconic bookstore and gallery in Paris
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Massive orange flames blazed from the windows of legendary bookshop La Hune in the French capital's Saint-Germain-des-Pres on Thursday afternoon. 
Dramatic scenes were witnessed with passersby gathering as firefighters attempted to quell the blaze and evacuate the people inside. 
So far emergency services have indicated that four people suffered minor injuries, according to French press reports.
“I came out of work on Rue de Rennes and just saw everyone looking up,” said Lillian Wagner who was at the scene. “I turned to see a few flames and many emergency vehicles.”
The blaze which could easily be seen from the street drew crowds who quickly took to social media to document what was going on (see below).
Iconic bookshop La Hune was once the hub of intellectuals such as Jean-Paul Sartre, Simone de Beauvoir and Albert Camus.
Founded by a group of resistance fighters in 1949, the bookshop was originally located between the famed Café de Flore and Les Deux Magots in Paris's sixth arrondissement and was frequently visited by luminaries including Coco Chanel, Françoise Sagan and François Mitterand.






Fire ravages building near Paris opera house

Police in the French capital have advised people to avoid the Boulevard des Capucines, near Place de l'Opéra, after a building caught fire.

A large fire has broken out near Paris' Place de l'Opéra. Emergency services say to avoid the area.
A large fire has broken out near Paris' Place de l'Opéra (Photo by JOEL SAGET / AFP)

A large building has caught fire on the Boulevard des Capucines in Paris’ 9th arrondissement. 

Images posted on social media show plumes of black smoke coming out of the old haussmanian building as fire engines attend to the blaze.

It is not yet clear what the cause of the fire was. 

French police have advised the public to stay away from the area to allow access for fire engines. 

We will be updating this story as we get more information.