Eiffel Tower evacuated by armed police over hoax bomb threat

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The Eiffel Tower was evacuated by armed police officers after a hoax bomb threat.

Emergency services were scrambled to the monument in the French capital this morning after an anonymous phone call.

A source at the tower said at 3pm: "The Eiffel Tower was evacuated for two hours from midday following a fake bomb threat.

"There was an evacuation and checks were carried out, and a safety perimeter was set up. This was a routine precaution. The tower is now open as usual."

Footage shows armed officers at the scene, with traffic being diverted and people urged to stay away.

The landmark was closed for three months during France's coronavirus lockdown, before reopening in June.

In June, police evacuated a shopping centre in Paris after responding to reports of an armed man.

Cops were called to Les Quatre Temps in the La Defense district, which houses approximately 230 businesses in the Hauts-de-Seine district of the western suburbs of Paris.

Le Figaro reported the suspect may have been carrying an AK-47 rifle.

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Police closed the Grande Arche metro station and conducted a search, but the operation found nothing suspicious after two hours.

One eyewitness tweeted: "Everything is cordoned off and there are anti-terrorist police cars on the esplanade.

"We are safe. We are just waiting inside the station."

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