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Reports: Eiffel Tower bomb threat was false alarm

September 14, 2010
  • A police officer stands front the Eiffel Tower, in Paris, Tuesday. Paris' Eiffel Tower and its immediate surroundings were evacuated Tuesday evening after an anonymous caller phoned in a bomb threat. About 2,000 people were cleared from the monument on the banks of the Seine River, and police were checking it for suspicious objects.
Associated Press,

PARIS (AP) -- The area under Paris' Eiffel Tower has been opened up to tourists again after an anonymous caller phoned in a bomb threat and police combed through the famous monument looking for suspicious objects.

France's BFM television and other French media reported that police found nothing suspicious at the tower, which is France's most popular tourist monument. Paris police headquarters did not immediately respond to calls seeking information.

Around midnight in Paris, people were walking around and riding bikes under the tower. The tower itself usually closes at 11 p.m.

French media say a second tourist hub -- the Saint-Michel subway station near Notre Dame Cathedral -- was also briefly evacuated.

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