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THE Eiffel Tower and its immediate surroundings underneath were evacuated in Paris yesterday evening after an anonymous caller phoned in a bomb threat, the French capital’s police headquarters said.
About 2,000 people were cleared from the 324-meter monument on the banks of the Seine River, and police were checking it for suspicious objects, a spokesman at the police headquarters said.
Eiffel Tower security services made the decision to clear out tourists and workers following the threat, the spokesman said.
Despite the scare, tourists and curious Parisians continued to mill around the surrounding sidewalks, and traffic continued to circulate nearby. Several police trucks were posted under the tower, and officers stood guard.
The tower, built in 1889, is France’s most popular monument, and last year, 6.6 million people visited it.
The French government increased security at certain sites between 2 August and 15 September, partly due to threats from al-Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb.
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