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    French Police Detain Gunman Who Opened Fire in Marseille

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    The motive of the suspected person behind the shooting remains unclear. There have been no reports of casualties as a result of the incident.

    Police have detained a gunman, who had opened fire on a street in the French city of Marseille.

    A special operation has been conducted in order to neutralize the suspect, according to La Provence.

    After opening fire, the suspect, whose motive remains unclear, barricaded himself in a building.

    A police source was cited by France Bleu as saying that the incident is unlikely to be linked to terrorism.

    There have been no reports of casualties as a result of the incident so far.

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    No futher information has been immediately available.

    The security situation in France has been tense since the 2015 Paris terrorist attacks, claimed by Daesh. Since then, France had been in a state of emergency, which was replaced by an anti-terrorist legislation in October 2017. The law, which has been widely criticized as compromising the rights and liberties of the French people, created a permanent emergency state and granting the police extra powers to raid houses without warrants.

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