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Paris police briefly evacuate Eiffel Tower after bomb threat

French police officers secure the bridge leading to the Eiffel Tower.
French police officers secure the bridge leading to the Eiffel Tower in Paris on Wednesday.
(Michel Euler / Associated Press)

Police briefly evacuated the Eiffel Tower and cordoned off the surrounding area Wednesday after receiving a bomb threat against the Paris landmark.

All tourists inside the monument were evacuated after an anonymous caller telephoned police Wednesday morning and said a bomb had been placed inside the tower, according to an official with the tower’s management company. The official was not authorized to be publicly named.

Police blocked off the streets below the tower and the bridge stretching across the Seine River to Trocadero Plaza, but officers started lifting the barricades about two hours later. An officer at the scene said police found no signs of the purported bomb.

Some tourists were still walking in the area during the police operation, including a group speaking Russian and carrying a bottle of Champagne.

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The 131-year-old tower gets about 25,000 tourists daily in normal years, but visits are down this year because of coronavirus travel restrictions. Although the Eiffel Tower is scheduled to be open every day, it occasionally closes because of suicide threats, bomb threats or labor strikes.


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