The public was briefly denied access to the Eiffel Tower in Paris, one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world, on Saturday after it was evacuated due to a bomb threat.
According to French broadcaster BFM, the famous Eiffel Tower in Paris was evacuated twice on Saturday due to bomb threats.
Early on Saturday afternoon, the three floors of the tower and the courtyard below were closed to visitors while officials determined whether the threat was real. At about 12:15 p.m., police swiftly evacuated the tower and originally set up a security barrier.
Before being evacuated once more at roughly 7:30 p.m. local time, the landmark was reopened around 3:30 p.m.
A representative for the monument told a French news outlet that “this is a typical procedure in this kind of situation, which is rare nonetheless.”
They said that in September 2020, the skyscraper received its final bomb threat that required evacuation.
After the second evacuation, the tower reopened after closing for the evening.
One of the most visited tourist destinations in the world is the Eiffel Tower, which is located in the centre of Paris and looks out over the Seine River. In 2022, the website received more than 5.8 million visitors.