Eiffel Tower briefly evacuated over suspect package

Reuters News
Posted: Mar 23, 2011 2:43 PM

PARIS (Reuters) - Paris' Eiffel Tower was briefly evacuated on Wednesday after a suspicious package alert at one of the world's most visited tourist sites, the monument's operating company said.

Some 3,000 people were evacuated before the alert was lifted at 1900 (2 p.m. EST) following searches, a company official said. The tower was to re-open later on Wednesday evening to visitors.

"The police didn't find anything," the official said.

Police said the tower was evacuated after they received an anonymous phone call.

The Eiffel Tower and surrounding area was evacuated twice in September after bomb alerts. Security officials said at the time France had received a tip-off of a planned suicide attack on the Paris urban transport network.

(Reporting by Gerard Bon and Leigh Thomas; Editing by Sophie Hares)