The Eiffel Tower was evacuated Wednesday as police in Paris investigated an alleged bomb threat. Police received an anonimous call in the morning. Police had cordoned off for two hours the streets below the Eiffel Tower and the bridge stretching across the Seine River to Trocadero Plaza. They did not immediately release a statement detailing the threat. French journalist Amaury Bucco tweeted that a man “shouted Allahua Akbar” (Arabic for “God is great”) and threatened to detonate a device to “blow up everything” shortly after 11 a.m. local time. A spokeswoman for the company that runs the Eiffel Tower said that the evacuation was a precautionary measure after the police received the anonymous call.
Visits at the tower are down this year because of coronavirus travel restrictions. Police conducted a full search of the area but did not find any explosive device. This incident has not been confirmed as a terrorist act by security forces. French police are currently monitoring 8,000 people suspected of terrorist associations, France Interior Minister has revealed. There was no panic. Constructed from 1887 to 1889, The Eiffel Tower is the most-visited paid monument in the world. The tower has three levels for visitors, with restaurants on the first and second levels.