Belfast Telegraph

Sunday 21 September 2014

Eiffel Tower cleared in bomb scare

The Eiffel Tower in Paris was evacuated after an anonymous bomb threat

The Eiffel Tower has been evacuated after an anonymous phone caller made a bomb threat.

Nearly 1,400 people were cleared from the tourist attraction following a request from tower operators after the warning, a Paris police official said. Police then searched the monument with sniffer dogs and set up a security perimeter.

No explosives were found and the site is to be reopened, the official said .

French authorities have stepped up anti-terror 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 1,063ft tower is one of the world's top tourist attractions, with millions of visitors a year.

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