City of Lights out: Paris hit by huge mystery power cut

City of Lights out: Paris hit by huge mystery power cut
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Many Parisians were left in the dark on Monday afternoon after reports of a massive power cut that hit much of the French capital.

The power cut hit parts of the French capital at around 4.30 pm on Monday afternoon.

At last four arrondissements were plunged into darkness: the 2nd, 10th, 11th and the 19th. 

As the electricity went off in Gare du Nord and Gare de L'Est stations in the north of the city, as well as one of the capital's most famous streets Rue de Rivoli in the centre, as well as across several arrondissements, unsurprisingly it didn't take people long to react on social media.

Videos and images posted on Twitter showed people walking around in the darkness at Gare du Nord station.

And while power was restored around The Local's offices in the 19th arrondissement after just a few minutes, it is unclear whether it has been restored across the entire city. 

Electricity provider Enedis said an incident caused a power cut across several arrondissements but their teams were able to restore power after several minutes.

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