The offices of the Union des Assurances insurance company building and the Syrian embassy were damaged in Paris early on Saturday (17 April) after two explosions.
GV EXT Insurance block near Israel embassy, with blackened walls
LV Debris outside apartment block
SV Smashed window and more debris
SV Investigating detectives on scene and fenced off debris (2 shots)
LV Blackened exterior
LV EXT Syrian embassy with women on balcony
MV Damaged wall and doorway (2 shots)
LV More of front of Syrian embassy
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Background: The offices of the Union des Assurances insurance company building and the Syrian embassy were damaged in Paris early on Saturday (17 April) after two explosions.
Neither explosion caused any injury. The remnants of a home-made bomb were found outside the Syrian embassy, in an area which houses many foreign embassies in the French capital.
Another explosion caused severe damage to five floors of the insurance company building on the Avenue Matignon, where Prime Minister Jacques Chirac's official residence is situated. Police say there is no indication at this stage of the cause of this explosion.
An investigation is underway to see if the explosions were linked.
The day before, a bomb was found at the Versailles Courthouse near Paris, about an hour before it was due explode. Another unexploded device was later found at the Bobigny court house in the Paris suburbs.
No one has yet claimed responsibility for the planting of the bomb and the second explosion.
SYNOPSIS: This insurance company building on the Avenue Matignon in Paris was badly damaged by an explosion on Saturday. Police say there's no indication of its cause but five floors of the building were extensively damaged. It's situated near Prime Minister Jacques Chirac's official residence. The explosion followed the finding and defusing of two bombs in Paris the previous day.
And the remnants of a home-made bomb were found outside the Syrian embassy on Saturday after a second explosion. No one was injured and damage was slight. No one has claimed responsibility and the police are investigating to see if there's a link.