Mail triggers alert at Canadian embassy in Paris

19th February 2007, Comments 0 comments

PARIS, Feb 19, 2007 (AFP) - French authorities issued an alert on Monday at the Canadian embassy in Paris when a staff member fell ill after receiving suspicious mail, a police source said.

PARIS, Feb 19, 2007 (AFP) - French authorities issued an alert on Monday at the Canadian embassy in Paris when a staff member fell ill after receiving suspicious mail, a police source said.

Police ordered tests to be carried out on the contents of the mail received early Monday at the embassy and said it had yet to be determined whether the employee's illness was caused by the delivery.

The police source said a woman employee began to bleed, but described her illness as minor.

The incident triggered an alert for possible nuclear, radiological, bacteriological and chemical danger, the so-called NRBC alert.

Under the alert plan, firefighters wear decontamination suits and hundreds of masks are made available for possible victims.

It was not immediately known whether it was a letter or parcel that prompted the alert.

The Canadian embassy did not immediately return calls concerning the incident.

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Subject: French news

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