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
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. (Read more Eiffel Tower stories.)

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