Paris police evacuate Arc De Triomphe

By Drum Digital
29 April 2013

Paris police say tourists have been evacuated from the Arc de Triomphe while authorities check the famed monument for a possible bomb.

Police press officer Franck Ernotte said a special team was checking the giant arch, site of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, both inside and outside.

He couldn't say exactly what prompted the search.

A security perimeter has been set up around the arch, which stands at the top of the famed Champs-Elysees Avenue and typically draws hundreds of tourists a day.

France has been on high alert since it launched a military intervention in Mali on Jan. 2 to regain territory seized by Islamic radicals.

A bomb attack on April 23, at the French Embassy in Libya injured two guards and a teenager.

-Sapa

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