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Eiffel Tower Evacuated After Bomb Threat

French soldiers stand guard near the Eiffel Tower in Paris on Mar. 30, 2013.
French soldiers stand guard near the Eiffel Tower in Paris on Mar. 30, 2013.
VOA News
French police evacuated about 1,400 people from the Eiffel Tower for about two hours Saturday after an anonymous caller phoned in a bomb threat.

The tower was reopened after a search of the monument with sniffer dogs found no suspicious objects.

French authorities have stepped up counterterrorism measures in recent weeks amid heightened concern of threats over France's military campaign against al-Qaida-linked fighters in Mali.

The 324-meter tower is one of the world's top tourist attractions, with millions of visitors a year.

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