The French authorities have tightened security around public buildings after two bomb explosions in the south of the country left four people dead and at least fifty-five wounded.
GV & CU Tain Tournon station. (2 SHOTS)
CU PULL BACK TO GV Train wrecked by bomb.
CU Bloodstained seat PULL BACK TO damaged train. (2 SHOTS)
CUs & SVs Wreckage. (4 SHOTS)
SCU Bloodstained sheet.
SCU PAN Shattered windows and wreckage. (2 SHOTS)
CU PULL BACK TO GV Lockers at St. Charles station. (2 SHOTS)
CU Wreckage piled up and bloodstains on floor. (2 SHOTS)
SV PAN ZOOM INTO CU Ceiling damaged by blast, ceiling tiles on floor. (2 SHOTS)
SV PULL BACK TO GV PAN Station concourse and bloodstain on floor. (2 SHOTS)
SV PAN Mother with children leaving station.
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Background: The French authorities have tightened security around public buildings after two bomb explosions in the south of the country left four people dead and at least fifty-five wounded. The suitcase bombs exploded within thirty minutes of each other. One bomb was planted on a high-speed express train which had left Marseilles some two hours earlier. The blast ripped through two carriages of the TGV (Train a Grande Vitesse), killing two people and injuring more than twenty. Authorities say the carriages were almost empty and the train was travelling at only half its maximum spee.Another high-speed train had just passed when the bomb exploded, narrowly avoiding a double derailment. The explosive device in Marseilles' St. Charles station devastated a left-luggage area crowded with passengers. Two people died in the blast and more than thirty were wounded as flying glass and roof decorations were hurled into the air. French police say they have received several calls claiming responsibility for the bombs, but so far they believe that none of them were genuine. Police and explosives experts are hoping for some clues from scientific analysis of the ten kilogramme (22 pound) station bomb. The bombings were the worst in France since last July, when a device planted by Armenian terrorists at Orly Airport killed eight people.