A bomb scare in the southwestern French city of Lourdes is under investigation by the police. Some 30,000 visitors were cleared from the shrine congregation areas after a telephoned bomb warning, shortly before noon.
The anonymous caller said that four bombs would detonate at three o’clock in the afternoon. That time came and went with no explosion.
The pilgrims attending services celebrating the traditional Assumption of the Virgin Mary, believed to be the mother of Jesus, had been moved to safety.
A young shepherdess is reputed to have seen a vision of her in Lourdes in the 19th century — 18 times. The site developed into a major place of Roman Catholic pilgrimage and of alleged miraculous healings. Assumption day is one of the busiest days of the year in the town.