PARIS (Reuters) – The French financial prosecutor’s offices in central Paris were briefly evacuated on Monday due to a bomb alert.
The alert prompted by an anonymous telephone call was lifted after a police search of the premises that took about 90 minutes.
The financial prosecutor’s office has been at the center of a number of high-profile cases in recent weeks, including investigations into allegations of financial wrongdoing by leading presidential candidates Marine Le Pen and Francois Fillon.
(Reporting by Gerard Bon, Writing by Brian Love; Editing by John Irish)
Paris police search financial prosecutor’s HQ after threat
PARIS (AP) — Paris police searched the headquarters of the national financial prosecutor after a phone-in bomb threat but found no explosives.
A Paris police official says employees are being allowed to return to the building after explosives experts combed the site following the threat Monday. The prosecutor’s office is in central Paris, near the Garnier Paris opera house.
The official, who wasn’t authorized to be publicly named, says that empty bomb threats are a frequent occurrence in the French capital.
France remains under a state of emergency after a string of deadly Islamic extremist attacks.
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