Phone Threat Evacuates Eiffel Tower Security moves to completely clear area; landmark still hasn't reopened By Polly Davis Doig, Newser Staff Posted Oct 13, 2013 11:43 AM CDT 2 comments Comments The Seine river with the Eiffel Tower in the background, in Paris, Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2013. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena) (Newser) – France's iconic Eiffel Tower was evacuated today after a threat, reports AFP, and security forces moved to fully clear the area. The threat came in via telephone, according to a police source who declined to give details. The landmark, which Reuters notes had not reopened by 5:30pm local time, has already seen two bomb threats this year; full evacuations are rare. Up to 32,000 people visit daily.