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French financial prosecutor's office evacuated

An aerial view shows the Eiffel Tower (C), the Seine River and the Paris skyline on July 14, 2013.  Picture taken July 14, 2013.  REUTERS/Charles Platiau

An aerial view shows the Eiffel Tower (C), the Seine River and the Paris skyline on July 14, 2013. Picture taken July 14, 2013. REUTERS/Charles Platiau

Charles Platiau


PARIS, March 20 (Reuters) - The French financial prosecutor's offices in central Paris were evacuated on Monday due to a bomb alert with police deployed to search for explosives, a judicial source and a Reuters journalist at the scene said.

"The security forces have been ordered to search the building for explosives and it could take a large part of the day," one police source added.

The alert followed an anonymous telephone call, the source said.

The financial prosecutor's office has been at the centre 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) ((brian.love@thomsonreuters.com; +33 1 4949 5363; Reuters Messaging: brian.love.thomsonreuters.com@reuters.net))
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