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. ana maria

    OJALA EXPLOTE ESA TORRE DE MIERDA .

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

      oye que te pasa? que tipo de mntalidad tienes para poner un comentario asi?? estas estupida.

      September 14, 2010 at 4:41 pm | Report abuse |
  2. skytech5

    Police cleared the landmark and its surrounding park, the Champ de Mars, the French AFP news agency reported.

    About 25,000 people were in the area at the time but they left calmly shortly before 2100 local time (1900 GMT), a police officer said.

    The 324m (1,063ft) iron lattice tower, built in 1889, is one of the world's most popular tourist attractions.

    A police cordon has been set up around the tower, and about 1,000 people still in the area have been moved to the pavement on the banks of the nearby River Seine, according to French TV channel TF1.

    The alarm was raised after an anonymous call to the company which runs the tower, the channel added, citing police.

    The French government increased security at certain sites between 2 August and 15 September, partly due to threats from al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb, the report said.

    Police with sniffer dogs are carrying out a search of the area, French media reported.

    September 14, 2010 at 4:19 pm | Report abuse |
  3. a muslim

    terrorists are NOT muslims theys bring islam down and fox news an cnn say these terrorisrs are practising muslims (which theyr not) an the say muslims r bad an u lot follow like sheep!! ps if you studied islam u would know its against suicide so why would a true muslim blow himself up???????

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

      for 72 virgins ?

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

      Heck if it was true and only 27 virgins I think I would do it. I mean come on.... life with that or death and taxes, you choose.

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

      AMEN! I am not Muslim, but I have known several-all wonderful folks. People just don't get it. The media has made "Muslim" synonymous with "terrorist" simple b/c some terrorists claim to be Muslim. Too bad the majority of folks would rather believe what they hear in the media or read on some bogus one-sided opinion-filled website rather than use logic to interpret facts they know to be true.

      September 14, 2010 at 4:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • Z

      A Muslim... Thats a very good point. If suicide is against the islamic religion, then why are the radical clerics claiming that those who commit suicide by blowing themselves (and many innocent ppl) will be rewarded with 70 Virgins when they reach heaven. The moderate muslims need to stand up and fight the radicals that make their religion look like a group of psychos. Now is the time. Stand up and show the world what your religion is really about.

      September 14, 2010 at 4:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • Joey

      Finally!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
      I agree with you 100% I have read the qu'ran and it condems violance. The Jihadist are idiots, they do not represent all of Islam.
      If people want to wear burkas they can, but they should never be forced to wear it or not wear it.

      September 14, 2010 at 5:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chocolate Ice

      OMG!!! So true!!
      I've read the Quran a couple of times now.... Even though I don't speak Arabic, I'm Muslim, and I know what my religion condemns. 🙂
      FINALLY SOMEONE WHO UNDERSTANDS!! ❤

      September 17, 2010 at 3:35 pm | Report abuse |
  4. bm

    let's not act as though the christians don't have their very own extremists. timothy mcveigh was a christian. the westboro baptist church would bomb a building if they could band together their collective iq to build a bomb. there are dangerous militant types in every religion.

    September 14, 2010 at 4:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • bonnetwagon

      Timothy McVeigh was a lone wolf a few years ago, today its Muslims everyday.

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

      Very true!

      September 14, 2010 at 4:34 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Adam

    Why would France ban the Burka? Seems kind of ridiculous to me. I'm just saying, that would be like Saudi banning the thong... oh wait, they already do! haha

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

      Adam.....they were banned because of the terrorist side of the muslims.....no one can be trusted anymore...try walking into a bank with your face covered...see where that gets you!

      September 14, 2010 at 4:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • PCola Vet

      I know you're being sarcastic, but France made the law, and they have to abide by it, just like any other country. By the way thongs are so 90's, and why even wear one to being with, just go commando, and save us the trouble of removing them, lol.

      September 14, 2010 at 4:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • Pam

      LMAO @ Adam

      September 14, 2010 at 4:55 pm | Report abuse |
  6. dave

    sheesh to those who think 911 was a inside job. forget about the nano thermite explosive dust found all over the place, forget that wtc 7 fell that day even though it wasnt hit by a airplane, forget that the huge steel beams were twisted in pretzels and where molten for 6 weeks after, forget that the wtc was closed for that weekend for 'renovation' the first closing ever to take place, forget the firemen and last people leaving the buildings heard bombs going off all over, forget that the investigation was done with less vigor then the monica lewinski case, less time and money spent on it and not dealing with the important facts, forget that bush allowed the bin ladens to fly out of the country that day while no americans where permitted to fly...friends with priviledges as micheal moore exposed their business dealings...i could go on and on but you are truly an idiot for going along with the government story

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

      Do you even know what you're talking about?

      September 14, 2010 at 4:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Vito

      Dave – The great president Hugo Chavez just called me to invite you to take part in Venezuelan rationing just like Cuba. You will love it there. Viva Che!

      September 14, 2010 at 4:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • PCola Vet

      Idiotic post number 2.

      September 14, 2010 at 4:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • Z

      Dave – You should quit smoking weed... Its making you paranoid !!!

      September 14, 2010 at 4:58 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Gabe

    RELIGION = THE ROOT OF ALL EVIL

    Why cant we just live? Why must religion and "beliefs" be shoved down our throats? Why does religion cause violence and war? Why can't we just accept the fact that when you die you die?

    I always wonder where our world would be if religion was not apart of it.

    September 14, 2010 at 4:24 pm | Report abuse |
  8. sgreene

    This is just my opinion but it is not really their M.O. to call in the threat they usually just blow it up, run a plane into it etc...without a real warning. Sure there may be chatter picked up by FBI/CIA/Military but it is never specific as to a time nor place. I am just not convinced this is a legtimate threat nor is it an organized one however I am glad they are erring on the side of caution and protecting civilians.

    September 14, 2010 at 4:25 pm | Report abuse |
  9. skytech5

    The French government increased security at certain sites between 2 August and 15 September, in part because of threats from al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb, French TV channel TF1 reported

    September 14, 2010 at 4:25 pm | Report abuse |
  10. anon

    This is gonna be hilarious when they find out its a 15 year old kid who thought it would be a funny prank.

    September 14, 2010 at 4:27 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Gary

    I agree with a post above......the "good" muslims need to take a stand NOW against the extremist or they will all be looked at together...and treated accordingly.....

    September 14, 2010 at 4:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • Gabe

      Agreed. If they take no stand then they are cowards.

      September 14, 2010 at 4:32 pm | Report abuse |
  12. a muslim

    dave u idiot.... 72 virgins??? in islam u go to hell for suicide or killing innocent people

    September 14, 2010 at 4:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • doofus

      who the heck would want 72 virgins anyhow? i'll take one, just ONE woman who KNOWS what to do kthxbai... who the heck wants to deal with SEVENTY-TWO women? SHEESH!

      September 14, 2010 at 5:02 pm | Report abuse |
  13. rofllol

    Yep, muslim's are sure peaceful.

    September 14, 2010 at 4:32 pm | Report abuse |
  14. betterdays

    Don't worry. This is just more of that "progress" that makes everything so much more fair for everyone involved, and particularly fair for poor people from poor countries full of mostly dirt and rocks, and other pathetic types who just need a leg up. The only weapon at their disposal is treachery, so let's not get treacherophobic here. Just relax and enjoy it! It's the only "fair" thing to do. Besides... who really needs that big, dumb pointy metal thing, anyway? You can't use it to play video games or watch 3-D movies or tweet. I say let them blow it up and then they will suddenly be completely happy and satisfied and this will never ever happen again.

    September 14, 2010 at 4:33 pm | Report abuse |
  15. BB

    They go to live in other countries then make demands.

    It's either their way or the high way or violence will ensue. That's the Muslim way because they believe they are always right. They are above all other people and religion.

    The same thing is happening in NY. The Imam said it's boon for Al Queda if the Islamic center is relocated. So we're left with no choice but to follow their demands!

    It's typical I'm better than you religious arrogance.

    September 14, 2010 at 4:34 pm | Report abuse |
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