US embassy staff in Paris get check-ups after suspect letter

30th July 2010, Comments 0 comments

Two men working at the US embassy in France have been taken for medical check-ups after receiving a suspect letter, embassy spokesman Paul Patin told reporters at the scene.

"I can confirm that there was a letter in the mailroom that was deemed suspicious by the handlers. The employees were taken to medical personnel for attention," Patin said outside the embassy in central Paris.

"We don't know if it was poison. We don't have any confirmation that they were hurt," he said, adding that the incident involved two male staff members, without specifying if they were US or local personnel.

"The envelope was taken away to be examined at a laboratory. No-one has been evacuated from the embassy. Normal life at the embassy is proceeding."

Other members of staff were entering and leaving the building as normal, and there was no sign of increased security at the already tightly guarded site in the heart of Paris near the Place de la Concorde.

Mailrooms at US diplomatic missions are always on the lookout for suspicious packages, amid fears that extremists might try to send in bombs or toxic materials through the post.

© 2010 AFP

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