French police say kid playing with toy gun in Lille triggered Kalashnikov false alarm

PARIS, March 31 (Reuters) - French police said on Thursday suspicions that a man had been walking around the northern city of Lille with a Kalashnikov assault rifle turned out to be a false alarm, and that instead it had been a seven-year-old boy playing with a toy weapon.

Train traffic resumed after a police operation triggered by the initial reports momentarily paralysed the city center.

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Reporting by Juliette Jabkhiro, Dominique Vidalon; Writing by Ingrid Melander; Editing by Richard Lough, William Maclean

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