September 14th, 2010
03:45 PM ET

Eiffel Tower, park evacuated for bomb threat

The Eiffel Tower and the park around it were evacuated Tuesday night after a telephoned bomb threat, police said.

The police press office said the alert, which was reported at 8:20 p.m. (2:20 p.m. ET), was being treated as a routine occurrence and was being investigated to determine whether the threat was real.

Some 2,000 people were in the area when the evacuation was ordered, police said, according to BFM-TV . Also evacuated were a number a nearby apartment buildings and businesses, according to news reports.

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  1. sam

    why would somebody do that there of all places?

    September 14, 2010 at 3:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • WinchLock

      Taking a wild guess here, but I have a feeling it will be spun as some sort of response to the French Senate passing a ban on full Muslim veils.

      September 14, 2010 at 3:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • Krissy

      Because they can.

      September 14, 2010 at 4:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • Martin

      Because they were watching "Superman II" and thought "that looks like a good idea".

      September 14, 2010 at 4:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • Alexander Gross

      Now hold on lets not jump to conclusions. america is supposed to be a place of religious freedom and targeting muslims as extremists goes against the foundations of our country. Before snap judgements, let's find out the truth please.

      September 14, 2010 at 4:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • Joe

      Alexander, c'mon buddy...wake up and smell the jihad!

      September 14, 2010 at 4:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • Hugo

      If they attack because of the burqa ban, they just proved France right. Now if the USA would grow a pair, they could pass the same law here.

      September 14, 2010 at 4:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • kafir4lfe

      Guys..lets not jump the gun here and start accusing you know who....What r the chances this has anything to do with the burka ban....I would say pretty good chance..and if not, it is not beneath the religion of peace as we all know by now

      September 14, 2010 at 4:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • T

      spun...... yeah

      September 14, 2010 at 4:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Pam

      Wow....if not about the burka ban...what an AMAZING coincidence!!!

      September 14, 2010 at 4:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • Pete

      Hugo, do you REALLY want your government telling you what you can and can't wear? There are a number of places in the world where your dreams could come true. Hope to see you there (from a distance).

      September 14, 2010 at 4:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • Buck

      They want to put a mosque up!!

      September 14, 2010 at 5:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • Monica

      Because people continue to ignore the Golden Rule! No matter where you are from, what religion you follow, what color your skin is or what flavor ice cream you prefer; the answer to the world's problems is the same: Always treat others the way you want to be treated! But we don't listen! I hope to God it is a hoax!

      September 14, 2010 at 5:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • mnsoldier

      it is the french ICON, are you really this unaware of what is out there.

      September 14, 2010 at 6:21 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Corkpuller

    Would this to related to the Burka Ban in France? Me think so.

    September 14, 2010 at 3:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • MG

      Very likely but what we dont is whether the supporters or protesters behind it.

      September 14, 2010 at 3:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • doofus

      first thing i thought of to. "hrm... they go through with the ban and look what pops up on the news..."

      September 14, 2010 at 4:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • Trevor

      I don't think this was Muslim Extremists. They don't give warnings. They just detonate.

      September 14, 2010 at 4:23 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Michael

    Do you think it was because of the ban on burkas? Sounds like the Muslim men are upset again because the rest of the world doesn't believe exactly what they want them to believe. Oh if we could all walk around with our heads stuck in the Islamic dark ages, what a wonderful world it would be. The news flash for you... if you want to live in a backwards Islamic country, then go back to the one that you came from and stop trying to make the rest of the world become like you. No one made you move to France, America, England or anywhere else. Go home and shut up.

    September 14, 2010 at 3:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • madseason

      I second that!

      September 14, 2010 at 3:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • Nathan

      Me too and I think most sane people agree with this, so I suggest you (people targeted in original post) have respect for our opinion and adapt to our society and culture.

      September 14, 2010 at 4:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lindsay

      I think it's unfair to suggest that ALL Muslim men believe this. There are extremists in every religion, let's treat them as they are rather than base massive generalizations on the minority.

      September 14, 2010 at 4:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • Shaniqua

      AMEN!!!

      September 14, 2010 at 4:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • Krissy

      Legalize pot and you will have a world of happy, hungry, and paranoid people...

      September 14, 2010 at 4:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • Martom

      AMEN Michael!!!

      September 14, 2010 at 4:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • carlos Jr

      I third that. I am tired of people not wanting to change to all the new countries that they migrate to. If you didn't like it in Afghanistan, Cuba or ETC… and moved to another country/ any country, don't go there and try now to change their lives by having them accept your life styles or whatever the case. Adapt to your new life or pack up again and move back.

      September 14, 2010 at 4:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • MP

      You ridiculous, hateful person. Do you have any idea how many Muslims are nationalized French citizens? How many were born in France? The government is supposed to adapt to the needs of its citizens, not the other way around. Grow up.

      September 14, 2010 at 4:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • Andrew Messenger

      In agreement with you. I fourth that. And Amen!

      September 14, 2010 at 4:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • kafir4lfe

      F*&^%$#@N...A

      September 14, 2010 at 4:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • jp

      Well put. I once read that you have the right to believe in something as long as you don't infringe on the rights of others. Well, I, as a woman, don't believe in wearing a veil and bowing down to someone because they are a man. So if you want to believe that's correct don't try to inflict it on others like me.

      September 14, 2010 at 4:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • Evolina

      I agree!!!!

      September 14, 2010 at 4:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • Michael

      On the contrary MP. I do not believe that it is the nationals who called in the threat. Additionally, I do not believe that is the Nationals who are up in arms because they can no longer wear a face covering veil. The nationals of which you speak have chosen to NATIONALIZE and become citizens and live by the rules of France and assimilate. Good for them. It is what they should do and I am sure they are fine human beings. However, the people who call in bomb threats about they Eifel Tower are not the people of which you speak.

      September 14, 2010 at 4:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • Trevor

      Couldn't be Muslim terrorists. They don't give warnings – they just detonate.

      September 14, 2010 at 4:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • Harvey

      For the entire history of our country, immigrants coming here were expected and "wanted" to adapt to the American culture and were quite proud of themselves and their heritage once they did. Now we have the hispanics and muslims who just plain refuse to get with the program and that's ok. We'll just change all our road signs and business signs to spanish and run the other way when the muslims get angry. Enough is enough! become an American with the rest of us or get out!

      September 14, 2010 at 4:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Pam

      Can you imagine Americans going to ... let's say Saudi Arabia....first we blow up by any means their buildings, kill lots of innocents, then build churches and/or synogogues at the locations? Oh and we'll all wear bikinis, we demand equal rights for women and on and on. And the best part? The Saudi people will put up a fight with their own leaders to help us? CAN YOU IMAGINE??????

      September 14, 2010 at 4:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • Michael

      Pam, what is your phone number? I think I love you. 🙂 (just kidding of course, but great post)

      September 14, 2010 at 4:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • Pam

      roflmao @Michael. I loved your post about the French surrendering. At the first sign of trouble, the White House phone will ring...as it has in the past !!!!

      September 14, 2010 at 4:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chocolate Ice

      Michael, would you like someone to tell you," you can't wear a red shirt, but you can wear a white one. The residents of our country don't like it."?! HELL NO. Muslims are humans just like you. If you like the red shirt, you wear it. If you don't, you don't. Wearing a burqa in France should be the same. If a women likes the burqa, she'll wear it. If she dosen't, she dosen't. Muslims have been our neighbors, collegues, and in some cases, relatives. We've even been the ice cream man who made laps around your neighborhood, selling snacks to your kids. So don't hate y'all.
      I'M MUSLIM AND PROUD 🙂

      September 14, 2010 at 4:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • anon

      Yes, why don't we just make more laws that force us to be the same. That right there sounds like something out of the middle ages. We live in a beautiful world filled with diversity, if somebody wants to wear a face cover I say, let them.

      September 14, 2010 at 4:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • Michael

      Chocolate Ice. I am not anti-muslim or anti fashion choice or whatever. Let me put it to you this way. I have said this before and I will say it again. As an American male, how far do you think I would get walking into a bank, or a school, or trying to fly, or sitting on a bus, or anything... wearing a black ski mask? If we are going to be fair, then lets be fair. I want to wear a ski mask tomorrow. Let's see how long it takes for me to get arrested or have children scared of me. Come on man, comparing this to a red or white shirt is hyperbolic at best.

      September 14, 2010 at 4:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chocolate Ice

      And as an American female, I know the rights the world has to offer. Maybe you won't be trusted by employers when trying to get a job, or you won't be allowed to ride the bus, but these brave women in France know what they stand by and WHY. They aren't wearing the burqa for no reason as you compare it to wearing a black ski for the heck of it. They know they were commanded to do so and thank god some people would go to unspeakable lengths to fight for their religion. They know what the believe in and they deserve a right to preserve it. God Bless America for letting them do so. That's how it's possible to be both an all-American and Muslim at the same time. 🙂
      And for the sack of argument, I'm done discussing this with you or anyone else.
      Nawizzle Hassan, 14, Dallas,TX

      September 17, 2010 at 3:17 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Joe

    In 5 seconds it will explode

    September 14, 2010 at 3:56 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Kansas City Chiefs Fanmanguy

    I was just there a week ago today, people in this world are crazy 😦

    September 14, 2010 at 3:56 pm | Report abuse |
  6. PARROT

    I BET RUSH LIMBAUGH AND PALIN WERE SPREADING THEIR HATE AROUND PARIS TODAY!!!

    September 14, 2010 at 3:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dave

      Go clean your cage, parrot. It is filthy.

      September 14, 2010 at 4:25 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Sharky

    Obviously no true idea, but I wonder if this has anything to do with France's recent law of banning the burka.

    September 14, 2010 at 3:56 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Joe

    It dies

    September 14, 2010 at 3:57 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Michael Schulze

    These people are really digging a hole for themselves...

    September 14, 2010 at 3:57 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Pablo

    Religion of peace, at it again.

    September 14, 2010 at 3:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • itzsm00th

      It is the religion of piece(s). As long as that's how everyone ends up in the end then they're happy.

      September 14, 2010 at 5:15 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Joe

    So what happens when you say or DO anything against muslims? Where are the Peaceful muslims right not decrying this bomb threat?

    September 14, 2010 at 3:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • smjjames

      Agreed, you don't see many muslim people actively working against this kind of stuff. I'm sure they are there......

      September 14, 2010 at 4:08 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Claudia

    Because France just passed a law that will ban burqas!!!!!!!

    September 14, 2010 at 3:59 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Timmy Smith

    This is definitely connected to the Burqa ban. After America, Britain, Israel, India, Russia, Australia and Spain now it is the turn of the France – these Islamic fundamentalists are making enemies in every corner of the world.

    September 14, 2010 at 3:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • doofus

      I really don't wish to bring down terroristic type actions onto any other Nation, but I hope they DO. The more Nations that understand the threat, the more that will back action. Once the World is tired of it, and it's a problem on their home soil (as opposed to something that happened "across the pond"), the more Great nations that will rise to take down the extremist elements of the world.

      September 14, 2010 at 4:45 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Nathan

    I'm really happy I can comment now without needing an account. I've got a feeling that it is no more than a warning and not a real threat.

    September 14, 2010 at 3:59 pm | Report abuse |
  15. joe

    That building is too tall to come down.

    September 14, 2010 at 4:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • Michelle

      Seriously Joe? Did you see the twin towers fall? They were 1,368 ft, Eiffel Tower is 986 ft.

      September 14, 2010 at 4:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • dan

      actually the eiffell tower is 1063 ft

      September 14, 2010 at 4:12 pm | Report abuse |
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