Paris train station evacuated after bomb alert: companies

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Police briefly evacuated a suburban train station in central Paris Tuesday after a bomb alert, the SNCF and RATP rail companies said.

Platforms of the RER C line at Saint-Michel station, not far from the Notre-Dame cathedral where two lines intersect, were closed for nearly an hour, they said, a few hours after the city's Eiffel Tower was also evacuated after a bomb alert.

"Police evacuated the RER C station at 9:18 pm after an anonymous phone call hinting at a bomb," the state rail company SNCF said.

Traffic resumed at 10:10 pm.

On the intersecting RER B line which runs north-south, the platform was evacuated at the request of the police for 15 minutes, a spokesman for the Paris transit operator RATP said.

The station was reopened after a police check.

© 2010 AFP

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