France: Railway station evacuated after bomb scare

Paris' Saint-Lazare rail station evacuated after anonymous bomb threat; scare follows Sept. 14 Eiffel Tower evacuation .

By ASSOCIATED PRESS
September 27, 2010 16:54
Passengers in a train at Saint Lazare train stati

Paris Train Station AP 311. (photo credit: Associated Press)

PARIS — Police and France's railway operator said authorities briefly evacuated a train station in a bustling area near Paris' historic Opera house following a bomb alert on Monday.

Police said bomb squads and lab technicians turned up no explosives in a search at the Saint-Lazare station after an anonymous caller phoned in the bomb threat to police.

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French authorities said France is facing an elevated terror threat. They suspect al-Qaida's North African affiliate of plotting a bomb attack on a crowded target.

A bomb alert led police to evacuate the Eiffel Tower on Sept. 14, though no explosives were found.

The French Senate voted earlier this month to ban burqa-style Islamic veils in France, a subject that prompted warnings by al-Qaida's north Africa wing.


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