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Text by FRANCE 24

Latest update : 2013-12-23

French authorities on Monday said a train carrying nuclear waste has derailed in a Paris suburb, but no leaks, injuries or other problems have been reported.

An official with the national fire service said experts carried out radiological tests after the incident in Drancy, and found no leaks.

The official said the train was travelling slowly and went about 50 centimetres off the rails, and an investigation will be carried out.

The official was not authorised to be publicly named, according to fire service policy.

Jean-Michel Genestier, deputy director of rail company SNCF Geodis, said on BFM television that it was “a minor incident.”

Drancy Mayor Jean-Christophe Lagarde expressed concern about the safety of the nuclear and chemical trains that pass regularly through his town.

(FRANCE 24 with AP)

Date created : 2013-12-23

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