FRANCE

Police make arrest following bomb hoax

Reuters

French anti-terror police say they arrested a person Monday in connection with a false bomb alert last week at a major Paris train station, but ruled out a political motive.

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The arrest was the first in connection with a series of bomb hoaxes in recent weeks that have seen the Eiffel Tower evacuated twice, amid warnings by officials that France faces a serious threat of imminent terrorist attack.

The person is suspected of being behind a bomb alert Friday at Saint-Lazare station, the second false alarm there last week.

"It is clear we are not dealing with a terrorist," a police source said, referring to the suspect who was born in 1957 and was being held by anti-terrorism investigators after being arrested in Meudon, near Paris.

France said Sunday it was staying vigilant and had taken into consideration the US State Department's warnings to those travelling in Europe of "the potential for terrorist attacks".

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