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Schools in Paris evacuated after bomb threats made

Thousands of school pupils were evacuated from six Paris high schools on Tuesday morning after anonymous calls were made claiming bombs had been hidden in the buildings.

Schools in Paris evacuated after bomb threats made
Photo: Twitter/HPouxx

The schools all received practically identical calls between 10:20am and 11:20am, police said.

Students at Charlemagne, Fenelon, Montaigne, Condorcet, Henri IV and Louis le Grand schools, all in up-market districts of the French capital, were moved to secure areas while police carried out searches.

“An individual threatened to blow up bags in several lycees. Searches were carried out at five of the schools but nothing was found,” a police source told L'Express news site.

Reports said that just as the threats were made, the headteacher of Henry IV discovered a suspect package. As a result the bomb squad was sent out to the school, but nothing was found.

With Paris still on high alert after the November terror attacks Tuesday's threats were taken seriously. 

The alerts were lifted for all six schools by the end of the afternoon.

Numerous schools in the UK have been evacuated in recent days after similar threats were made.

Photos: Twitter/HPouxx

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TERRORISM

Eiffel Tower evacuated after bomb alert: police

Visitors to the Eiffel Tower have been evacuated from Paris's iconic monument, following an anonymous phone call announcing an attack on Saturday night, a police source told AFP.

Eiffel Tower evacuated after bomb alert: police
Photo: Sean MacEntee

About 1,400 people were evacuated and a security perimeter has been set up around the monument, the source said.

The call came from the Paris suburbs and threatened an attack at 9:30 pm. The anti-terrorism unit is investigating.

Bomb alerts targeting monuments and public places happen frequently in the French capital, but all alerts are "treated very seriously," the police source said.

Special police units are currently inspecting the monuments.

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