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| 20 March, 2017

French financial prosecutor's office briefly evacuated

The financial prosecutor's office has been at the centre of a number of high-profile political cases in recent weeks.



PARIS, March 20 (Reuters) - The French financial prosecutor's offices in central Paris were briefly evacuated on Monday due to a bomb alert.

The alert prompted by an anonymous telephone call was lifted after a police search of the premises that took about 90 minutes.

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))