Major Paris train station evacuated after false bomb alert

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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

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