A false alarm about a bomb at the Place de la République in Paris saw the square cordoned off and Metro lines 3, 5, 8, 9, and 11 partially suspended.
"There was an anonymous caller who said that a bomb would go off at 2pm. But even if it was a hoax, we have to take the threat seriously," a police source told BFM TV.
A policeman told Libération newspaper that officers were investigating a suspicious package in the square.
Place de la Republique cordoned off by police. No one allowed in, or near "shrine" to #ParisAttacks victims— Elaine Cobbe (@ElaineCobbe) November 24, 2015
Meanwhile, in the city of Rennes in western France another false alarm took place after an anonymous caller said there was a bomb at the central town square, also called Place de la République.