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Eiffel Tower evacuated over bomb threat

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The Eiffel Tower was evacuated on Saturday evening because of a bomb hoax. About 1,400 visitors were rushed out of the world-famous Paris monument after an anonymous phone call threatened that it would be blown up at 9.30pm.

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The tower was reopened after around two and a half hours after police searches failed to

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find any suspicious objects.

The call came from the Paris suburbs and anti-terrorism police were investigating.

Bomb alerts targeting monuments and public places happen frequently in Paris, but all alerts are "treated very seriously," police said.

Security has been stepped up since Al-Qaeda-linked groups threatened attacks in France in reprisal for its intervention in Mali.

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