The Mayor of Reims Adeline Hazan has told the French news agency BFM TV that at least "two people were killed" in the accident at a four storey block of flats in the city.
Initial reports on local French media suggest the explosion may have been caused by a gas leak.
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The victim, who has not been named, was taken to Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital where he later died.
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