1/10 An ironing board was placed atop a table at the wedding venue in Lille, west of Paris, on Friday, September 15, after it was destroyed by a suspected gas leak. AP 2/10 A couple is supported by a photographer while they try to look for water on the shore at the beach in Lille, west of Paris, on Friday, September 15, after the beach was destroyed by a suspected gas leak. AP 3/10 The beach of Lille, eastern France, where couples were invited to picnic ahead of a traditional wedding on Friday. EPA 4/10 On September 15 a suspicious fire broke out at the beach-side community of Lille in the southern French city of Les Corts. A suspected gas leak forced the closure of the beach for the wedding party. Reuters 5/10 The beach was closed to the public, but residents were able to relax on the beach beach at Les Corts after a fire at the beach, reported AFP news agency. It is expected to continue into Sunday evening. Reuters 6/10 Firefighters were called to the scene at around 4:00am local time, which they quickly responded to investigate. EPA 7/10 The beach is closed to the public, but locals reportedly started to gather at the front of the line of cars waiting to access it, after the closure. Reuters 8/10 A man, his child (2nd from L), sleeping on a beach at Lille on 19 September, in a traditional bathing ritual. Reuters 9/10 The beach in Les Corts was closed to the public in the early hours of Friday morning, as authorities took precautionary measures to reassure people. AFP/Getty Images 10/10 On Monday morning, firefighters moved in at 5.45am after the beach was evacuated after a leak was detected. Le Monde
Mr Hollande condemned the incident while Mr de Gauck also voiced concern at the “hateful attack”.
“The attack was committed in a place where young men were gathered at a beach party to listen to music”
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