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Hundreds evacuated after Paris bomb scares

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There have been bomb scares in Paris, with the Eiffel Tower and St Michel metro station in the 5th arrondissement evacuated.

Some 2,000 people had to leave the Tower and surrounding area after an anonymous telephone threat was reported. Subsequent police searches with sniffer dogs failed to find any devices.

The anonymous warnings were taken particularly seriously because of the proximity to the September 11th anniversary, and came amid tensions in France over the vote banning the full-face Muslim veil.