Several people have been left injured following a shooting near a Metro station in Lille, according to reports.
Local media reported at least three people had been hurt in the attack, including a 14-year-old boy.
The teen was said to have been blasted in the leg during the shooting.
Photos from the scene showed armed police in the city centre.
🔴Lille🔴— Infos FR (@Infosfra) March 24, 2017
Des coups de feu ont été tiré aux environs du métro porte d’Arras à Lille. Il y aurait plusieurs blessés. pic.twitter.com/jpX67KGbWP
However, despite early fears of a terror alert, local media reported it appeared to have been a gang-related incident.
According to French reports, several shots were fired near the Porte d'Arras metro station at around 9.50pm.
Armed police sealed off roads in the surrounding area.
French news site La Voix Du Nord reported at least five shots had been fired.
None of the injuries are thought to be life-threatening, police said.