Open

Coming up

Don't miss

Replay


LATEST SHOWS

DEBATE

Rape as a Weapon of War: How to Stop Impunity in Eastern Congo?

Read more

DEBATE

Rape as a Weapon of War: How to Stop Impunity in Eastern Congo? (part 2)

Read more

TALKING EUROPE

Interview with José Manuel Barroso, President of the European Commission

Read more

FOCUS

Indian uranium mines take heavy toll on locals and environment

Read more

MEDIAWATCH

Provocative sculpture 'unplugged'

Read more

ENCORE!

Encore's Film Show: Brad Pitt's 'Fury' and Woody Allen's Magic

Read more

FACE-OFF

François Hollande: The mid-term blues

Read more

IN THE PAPERS

French papers pay tribute to Christophe de Margerie

Read more

MIDDLE EAST MATTERS

Anti-IS group fighters: When foreigners join the fight against jihadists

Read more

France

Eiffel Tower evacuated over bomb threat

Text by News Wires

Latest update : 2013-03-30

The Eiffel Tower was evacuated on Saturday after an anonymous caller phoned in a bomb threat. Around 1,400 people were made to leave the monument as police set up a broad security perimeter and searched the structure for possible explosives.

Police say the Eiffel Tower has been evacuated after an anonymous caller phoned in a bomb threat.

A Paris police official says nearly 1,400 people have been evacuated following a request from tower operators after the warning Saturday. Police then searched the monument with sniffer dogs for possible explosives, and set up a broad security perimeter.

French authorities have stepped up counterterrorism measures in recent weeks amid heightened concern about threats to France over its military campaign against al-Qaida-linked fighters in Mali which began more than two months ago.

The tower is occasionally evacuated because of such warnings – at least once last year and twice in 2011. The 324-meter (1,063-foot) tower is one of the world’s top tourist attractions, with millions of visitors a year.
 

(AP)

Date created : 2013-03-30

  • TERRORISM

    Al Qaeda in North Africa warns France in first tweet

    Read more

  • FRANCE - ISLAM

    Taqiyya, or the terrorist ‘art of deception'

    Read more

  • FRANCE

    Three French nationals accused of plotting terror attack

    Read more

COMMENT(S)