A bomb alarm has gone off at Saint Charles Station due to a suspicious package. The station is evacuated while police investigate.
Saint-Charles is the main railway station and intercity bus station of Marseille. It is the southern terminus of the Paris–Marseille railway. It opened on January 8, 1848, having been built for the PLM on the land of the Saint Charles Cemetery. The station is perched on top of a small hill and is linked to the city center by a monumental set of stairs.
Since 2001, when the TGV reduced dramatically the travel time between Marseille and northern France, traffic increased (7.1 million annual passengers in 2000 to 15 million in 2007).
The Saint Charles station is currently the 11th busiest in France.