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Gas blast kills three in Paris amid lockdown for yellow vest protests

Two French firefighters and a Spanish woman died and nearly 50 people were injured in a massive gas explosion that gutted the ground floor of a building in a central Paris shopping district on Saturday, authorities said.

The accident occurred with the centre of the capital under security lockdown for a ninth consecutive Saturday of “yellow vest” protests. Large parts of the city were blocked off by riot police, although the protests have reduced in scale compared with November.

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