The moment crowds fled Place de la Republique during live Channel 4 broadcast

Matthew Champion@matthewchampion
Sunday 15 November 2015 19:10
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The terror attacks upon Paris on Friday claimed 129 lives and left hundreds more wounded.

Despite a state of emergency being declared by French president Francois Hollande, Parisians are still gathering to pay their respects to the victims, and show defiance to the perpetrators.

But Paris is understandably on edge, and rumours of gunshots being fired while people gathered in the Place de la Republique - a focal point of the city as seen in the aftermath of the Charlie Hebdo attacks - sparked scenes of panic.

A Channel 4 News team led by Matt Frei was broadcasting live from the square on Sunday evening as incorrect reports of gunfire saw people flee from the scene.

Crowds run during live broadcast, Paris

This is the moment crowds start running from Place de la Republique as Matt Frei broadcasts live from Paris after a false alarm that someone had been shot.

Posted by Channel 4 News on Sunday, 15 November 2015

Frei and his crew have been praised online for their calm reporting.

Despite the scenes of panic, the all-clear was later given and a false alarm confirmed.

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