Major Paris train station evacuated after false bomb alert
A major Paris train station, Gare Saint-Lazare, was evacuated Monday after a bomb alert that turned out to be a false alarm.
The alert came just days after police warned that France faces a serious threat of imminent terrorist attack.
The station, which serves inter-city trains and is also a major commuter hub, was cleared early afternoon for about half an hour while police searched it for suspect devices.
They decided to reopen the station after finding nothing, a police spokesman said.
Police on September 14 evacuated some 2,000 people from the Eiffel Tower -- one of the world's most popular tourist attractions -- and the park surrounding it following a bomb alert that also turned out to be a false alarm.
The national police chief said last week he was concerned about two types of threat -- an assassination bid on an important figure or a mass casualty attack on a crowded public area like a metro train or department store.
© 2010 AFP