Paris: Police armed with machine guns have evacuated thousands of people from a shopping centre in Nice near the stadium where England were due to play Iceland on Monday evening, after a suspicious package was found. French media reported 2,000 people were cleared from the centre after two gas canisters were found.
A detonator was also reportedly found in the Lingostiere Centre, which is just 3 km (1.6 miles) away from the Allianz Riviera, where England will play tonight in their Euro 2016 match. The canisters, usually sold for camping, were attached by wires, according to Nice Matin.
Frédéric Martinez, president of the shopping centre’s trades, said the evacuation was done peacefully. He added: “All merchants and customers escaped through emergency exits, ending up at the rallying point.
“There were a lot of people there. With the night tonight, they were worried about traffic jams.”