French police make arrest over train station bomb hoax

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French anti-terror police said they arrested a person Monday in connection with a false bomb alert last week at a major Paris train station.

The arrest was the first in connection with a series of bomb hoaxes in recent weeks that have seen the Eiffel Tower evacuated twice. Police provided no further information on the person they arrested in the Paris area.

The arrest was in connection with a bomb alert made Friday at Saint-Lazare station, which just four days earlier had been evacuated after an earlier alert that also proved to be false.

The bomb hoaxes came as officials warned that France faces a serious threat of imminent terrorist attack.

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

© 2010 AFP

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