Explosion wrecks French court

An explosive device has been planted at a courthouse in the French city of Annecy.

An explosive device has been planted at a courthouse in the French city of Annecy.

The explosion blew out windowpanes and badly damaged the building but caused no injuries.

The blast on Monday night left a 20-inch crater and shattered windows in nearby buildings.

The damage to the courthouse was especially severe because of the number of windows in the building.

Prosecutor Denis Robert-Charrerau says authorities believed an explosive device triggered the blast but have not yet pinpointed what type of explosive had been used.

"There's a lot of damage, especially because of the effect of the blast on this building made of glass," Mr Robert-Charrerau said.

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