Eiffel Tower Evacuated After Bomb Alert


eiffel-towerPolice evacuated the Eiffel Tower and the park surrounding the Paris landmark today after a bomb alert, an AFP journalist said. A police officer said about 25 000 people were in the area at the time of the alert but added that they left calmly shortly before 21:00 (19:00 GMT).The officer, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the alert was sounded either after a threat was phoned in or following the discovery of a suspicious package.

The people evacuated, mostly French and foreign tourists, were asked to stay on the nearby Seine River banks, and the tower area and Champ de Mars park were declared off limits.



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