2,000 evacuated from Eiffel Tower area
PARIS (AP) – Paris’ Eiffel Tower and its immediate surroundings underneath were evacuated Tuesday evening after an anonymous caller phoned in a bomb threat, the French capital’s police headquarters said.
French media reported that a second tourist hub – the Saint-Michel subway station near Notre Dame Cathedral – had also been evacuated following a similar threat.
A Paris police spokesman said he had no information about the reports on the Saint-Michel station, which was the target of a terrorist attack in 1995 that killed eight and injured scores of people.
Across town, about 2,000 people were cleared from the 1,063-foot Eiffel Tower on the banks of the Seine River, and police were checking it for suspicious objects, the spokesman at the police headquarters said. He declined to give his name, citing department policy.