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Paris Orly Airport: Man Killed After Taking Solider's Gun

French are linking two shooting incidents in and around Paris.

18/03/2017 7:23 PM AEDT | Updated 18/03/2017 9:02 PM AEDT
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French policemen and firefighters secure the area at Paris' Orly airport on March 18, 2017 following the shooting of a man by French security forces. Security forces at Paris' Orly airport shot dead a man who took a weapon from a soldier, the interior ministry said. Witnesses said the airport was evacuated following the shooting at around 8:30am (0730GMT). The man fled into a shop at the airport before he was shot dead, an interior ministry spokesman told AFP. He said there were no people were wounded in the incident. / AFP PHOTO / CHRISTOPHE SIMON (Photo credit should read CHRISTOPHE SIMON/AFP/Getty Images)

A man has been shot dead at the Paris Orly airport in France after trying to seize a weapon from an officer, officials say.

The airport is in lock-down and parts have been evacuated, with heavily armed police sweep the area, reports say.

Officials say the man snatched the weapon before he ran into an airport shop after a brief stand-off with police.

France's Interior Minister has also confirmed an officer has been shot and killed at a road check in a separate incident in the North of Paris. The gunman has escaped.

Paris Aéroport has Tweeted (translated from French):

#Orly #airport Ongoing security operation. We recommend that passengers & attendants not to visit the #aéroport. #fr

The BBC reports a security operation is continuing with bomb disposal experts involved.

Sky News says there are no reports of anyone being injured and the man did not have explosives.

The incident comes as the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were on the second day of their visit to Paris. As part of their visit, Kate and William were to meet the survivors of the terror attack at the Bataclan.

The Paris Orly Airport is the capital's secondary airport, after Charles de Gaulle.

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