Eiffel Tower bomb threat: 1,400 people evacuated

France has been on heightened alert due to the conflict in Mali. Picture: Getty

France has been on heightened alert due to the conflict in Mali. Picture: Getty

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The Eiffel Tower was evacuated after an anonymous phone caller made a bomb threat.

Nearly 1,400 people were cleared from the tourist attraction following a request from tower operators after the warning.

Police then searched the monument with sniffer dogs and set up a security perimeter.

However, no explosives were found and the site could be reopened.

French authorities have stepped up anti-terror measures in recent weeks amid heightened concern about threats to France over its military campaign against al Qaida-linked fighters in Mali which began more than two months ago.

The tower is occasionally evacuated because of such warnings - at least once last year and twice in 2011. The 1,063ft tower is one of the world’s top tourist attractions, with millions of visitors each year.

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