A man armed with a knife was detained at a train station in the north of Paris a day ahead of the French presidential election, local media reported.

According to the BFMTV broadcaster, the detention resulted in a wave of panic at the station, the police had to cordon off the perimeter.

The news comes a day ahead of the first round of the French presidential election. The French will choose from 11 candidates in the first round of the election, but only top two candidates will make it to the second round on May 7, which will be held if nobody gets more than 50 percent of the votes.

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