Traffic is stationary at the Gare de l'Est Paris station. Archive image.
Traffic is stationary at the Gare de l'Est Paris station. Archive image.

The traffic at the Gare de l'Est train station, one of Paris' six major stations, stands completely still after a fire broke out in the middle of Tuesday morning rush. The fire was first assumed to be an accident, but according to the railway operator SNCF proved to be a result of vandalism.

"According to early findings we can say that this was a fire deliberately constructed on the electrical cables", says a spokesperson for SNCF.

All today's departures are now canceled.

Gare de l'Est is a well-trafficked hub for Paris commuters and for long-distance trains to Germany, Luxembourg and eastern France.