France’s iconic Eiffel Tower on Saturday was closed down for visitors as a precautionary measure after receiving a bomb threat, a French police source told news agency Reuters. All three floors of the tower have been evacuated.
The body which runs the site, SETE, said a team of bomb disposal experts and police were surveilling the area including a restaurant at one of the floors. “ It’s a usual procedure in this kind of situation which, however, is rare,” a spokesperson was quoted as saying by AFP.
Eiffel Tower is one of the most visited tourist sites in the world.
There is a police station right at the south pillar of the tower. Authorities carry out video surveillance and visitors’ security checks before they are allowed to enter into the premises.