The monument, one of the most visited in Paris, remains closed to the public while the veracity of the threat is clarified.

A security alert prompted the evacuation of the Eiffel Tower in Paris on Saturday. SETE, the agency that manages the site, said bomb disposal experts and police were searching the area, including the restaurant located on one of the floors.

Visitors were evacuated from both the three floors and the square beneath the monument shortly after 1:30 p.m.

“It is standard procedure in this type of situation which, however, is rare,” a spokeswoman said. The last time had been in September 2020. Both the tower and its surroundings were evacuated as a precautionary measure following a bomb threat, a police source previously confirmed to Le Parisien newspaper.

Located in the center of Paris, the Eiffel Tower is one of the most emblematic symbols of France. Construction work on the tower began in January 1887 and was completed on March 31, 1889. It received two million visitors during the Universal Exhibition of 1889, for which it was built. Last year it attracted 6.2 million visitors.

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