Bomb alert at Arc de Triomphe ends: Streets reopen following evacuations at Paris landmark and Eiffel Tower after bag of ammo was found
- French police were deployed to the Arc de Triomphe at around 3pm today
- The area around the famous landmark in central Paris has been evacuated
- Paris Champ de Mars Park was briefly evacuated after ammunition was found
- By 4.30pm, the tourist hotspot was reopened and traffic was back to normal
- There have been several false bomb alerts, most recently in the Lyon railway station last week and at the Eiffel Tower a month ago
The areas around the Arc de Triomphe and Eiffel Tower in central Paris have been reopened after being evacuated over bomb fears.
The popular tourist area and surrounding Metro stations had been evacuated aftera bag full of ammunition was found.
By 4.30pm, traffic was back to normal, police and witnesses said.
The Paris Champ de Mars park around the Eiffel Tower had also been evacuated briefly following the discovery of the bag.
Two local French news sites showed pictures of a blue bag with different kinds of ammunition.
Pictured: An cordoned-off Arc De Triomphe after French police responded to a bomb threat earlier this afternoon
Police said the area around the Eiffel Tower was briefly evacuated after the discovery of a bag of ammunition. Pictured: An image circulated by a French journalist is said to show the rounds found near the Eiffel Tower
Another image circulated by French journalists is said to show ammunition discovered at the Eiffel Tower laid out on the floor following the evacuation
Footage uploaded to social media showed people sprinting up the escalators at Charles-de-Gaulle Etoile metro after the station, which is beneath the Arc de Triomphe, was evacuated earlier this afternoon.
France is on high alert following the beheading of a teacher earlier this month by an 18-year old Muslim man angry about the use of cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad in a civics lesson.
There have been several false bomb alerts, most recently in the Lyon railway station last week and at the Eiffel Tower a month ago.
French President Emmanuel Macron has found himself demonised at protests across the Islamic world as anger grew this week over his defence of Charlie Hebdo’s cartoons of the Prophet.
Tens of thousands of demonstrators took to the streets of Bangladesh on Tuesday, branding him a ‘Satan-worshipper’ and burning him in effigy following smaller marches in Pakistan, Iraq, Turkey and Gaza yesterday.
Hard-line Iranian newspaper Vatan-e Emrooz published a front-page cartoon of Macron as the Devil, branding him anti-Islamic and claiming that ‘French extremists’ had been seen burning copies of the Koran.
People are seen running up the escalators after the Charles-de-Gaulle Etoile metro was evacuated due to a bomb threat this afternoon
Iran also summoned the French ambassador on Tuesday in protest at Macron’s remarks, calling them ‘unwise’.
Meanwhile Saudi Arabia put out a statement saying it ‘denounces the offensive cartoons of the prophet’.
Bangladeshis also added their voices to calls for a widespread boycott of French goods, with shops in Kuwait, Qatar, Jordan and Palestinian territories already pulling products including makeup and food from the shelves.
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