Eiffel Tower Evacuated After Bomb Threat

Nearly 1,400 people leave over anonymous phone call

By Newser Editors and Wire Services

Posted Mar 30, 2013 4:25 PM CDT

(Newser) – 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 today. 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-Qaeda-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 1,063-foot tower is one of the world's top tourist attractions, with millions of visitors a year.

Police officers stand in front of the Eiffel Tower, in Paris, Tuesday Sept. 14, 2010.
Police officers stand in front of the Eiffel Tower, in Paris, Tuesday Sept. 14, 2010.   (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)
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