UPDATE 1-Arc de Triomphe area in Paris evacuated following bomb alert -police

27 Oct 2020 / 23:58 H.

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    PARIS, Oct 27 (Reuters) - The area around the Arc de Triomphe in central Paris has been evacuated following a bomb alert, a police spokesman told Reuters on Tuesday.

    He said subway lines in the area were also being evacuated.

    France is on high alert following the beheading of a teacher earlier this month by an 18-year old Muslim man angry about the use of cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad in a civics lesson.

    There have been several false bomb alerts, most recently in the Lyon railway station last week and at the Eifel Tower a month ago.

    (Reporting by Geert De Clercq; Editing by Catherine Evans)

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