Police find nothing after Paris bomb alerts

08:22, September 15, 2010      

Email | Print | Subscribe | Comments | Forum 


Police stand guard near the Eiffel Tower following a bomb alert in Paris, France, Sept. 14, 2010. The Eiffel Tower and the square under it were evacuated after a bomb alert on Tuesday night. However, policemen searching the tower and nearby places told Xinhua reporters that they didn't find anything suspected at the site, adding that the site will open to the public soon. (Xinhua/Ying Qiang)


Not long after the Eiffel Tower and the square under it were evacuated after a bomb alert on Tuesday night, one Paris railway station near the tower also reported emergent evacuation, but police later confirmed they were false alerts.

Local reports said the first alert was triggered either by a threatening call or the discovery of a suspect package.

However, policemen searching the tower and nearby places told Xinhua reporters that they didn't find anything suspected at the site, adding that the site will open to the public soon.

The evacuation began shortly before 9 p.m. local time as heavily armed policemen appeared ordering people, mostly tourists, to stay away from the Paris landmark, as well as from the square under the tower.

A policeman confirmed that they had advised about 2,500 people to leave the tower and the zone nearby to either along banks of the Seine River or other safe places. Earlier report said about 25, 000 people were forced to leave.

The second bomb alert was reported before 11 p.m. at one station of the Regional Express Network called Saint-Michel, not far from the Eiffel Tower, local media cited information from the national railway company and Paris transport operation company.

Paris police later confirmed to Xinhua the relevant evacuation at the railway station, but stressed that it should be another false alert.

The clearance of the station didn't last long, as both connections of the station only closed less than one hour.

As Eiffel Tower stands at the center of Paris, the clearance of roads below it has sparked traffic chaos.

On July 11, a false bomb threat forced an Air France plane to make emergent landing in Brazil shortly after taking off for Paris.

Last weekend, however, the executive of French Interior Intelligence Agency Bernard Squarcini warned the French soil was threatened by "never higher" risk of terrorist attack.

In 1995, two explosions taking place at Paris metro and in an ashbin near the Triumphal Arch had caused several casualties.


【1】 【2】 【3】 【4】 【5】

(Editor:张茜)

  • Do you have anything to say?
  • Photo taken on Sept. 29, 2011 shows a cargo ship in danger on the sea near Zhuhai City, south China's Guangdong Province. Cargo ship Fangzhou 6 of Qingzhou of southwest China's Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region lost control after water stormed into its cabin due to Typhoon Nesat on the sea near Zhuhai Thursday, leaving 12 crew members in danger. Rescuers rushed to the ship and saved them by using a helicopter. (Xinhua)
  • Actress Gong Li poses for L'Officiel Magazine. (Xinhua Photo)

  • Demonstrators from the Occupy Wall Street campaign hold placards as they march in the financial district of New York September 29, 2011. After hundreds of protesters were denied access to some areas outside the New York Stock Exchange on September 17, demonstrators set up a rag-tag camp three blocks away. Zuccotti Park is a campground festooned with placards and anti-Wall Street slogans. The group is adding complaints of excessive police force against protesters and police treatment of ethnic minorities and Muslims to its grievances list, which includes bank bailouts, foreclosures and high unemployment. (Xinhua/Reuters Photo)
  • The romantic myth of the Aegean
    The Aegean Sea is between the Greece Peninsula and Asia Minor Peninsula, dotted with many beautiful scenery islands, like a paradise on earth. The ancient city of Troy in the east coast of Aegean, Turkey, and Mycenaean sites in the west bank of Greece, which have been archaeological discoveries, now are the must visit places in journey of the Aegean Sea. Above, these desolate dilapidated stone, the sunny blue sky and white clouds and vessels roaming at sea, arriving and departing travellers, add more romantic to the sea and the islands.
  • Chinese Permanent Representative to the United Nations Li Baodong (R) welcomes UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in New York, the United States. Sept. 29, 2011. The Chinese permanent delegation to the UN held a reception on Thursday to celebrate the 62nd anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China and the 40th anniversary of China's returning to the UN. (Xinhua/Shen Hong)
  • Chinese ambassador to Bulgaria Guo Yezhou delivers a speech during the reception in Sofia, capital of Bulgaria, on Sept. 29, 2011. The Chinese Embassy in Bulgaria held a grand reception here on Thursday to celebrate the 62nd anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China. (Xinhua/Wang Meng)
http://english.people.com.cn/90001/90783/91321/7140394.pdf