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Eiffel Tower briefly evacuated, no bomb found

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Latest update : 2010-09-28

The Eiffel Tower was briefly evacuated Tuesday night for a second time this month following a bomb alert. A search of the site however yielded nothing and hours later, the alert was lifted. It was the fourth alert in Paris in as many weeks.

REUTERS - The Eiffel Tower and the surrounding Champs de Mars park were briefly evacuated on Tuesday because of a bomb alert, the fourth in the Paris region in as many weeks, but a search turned up nothing, police said.

The decision to evacuate came after the fire service received a call from a public telephone saying there was a suspect package at the tower, a police spokeswoman said earlier.

It was also the second evacuation of the Eiffel Tower and Champs de Mars due to a bomb alert -- which also failed to turn up any explosives -- in two weeks.

French security officials said last week the country was on heightened alert after receiving a tip-off of a planned suicide attack on the Paris metro.

Interior Minister Brice Hortefeux said on Sept. 20 France faced a real terrorism threat due to a backlash from al Qaeda militants in North Africa, with fears growing of an attack from
home-grown cells within French borders.

Date created : 2010-09-28

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