World News

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.

Featured Story

Veiled women walk past a billboard that carries a verse from Koran urging women to wear a hijab in the northern province of Raqqa, March 31, 2014.

Analysts: IS Brutally Distorts Sharia Law

Islamic State group boasts it governs through strict observance of Sharia law, but experts say it’s doing anything but that More