PARIS (April 29, 2013)—Tourists were evacuated from the Arc de Triomphe Monday while authorities checked the famed monument for a possible bomb, police in Paris said.
Police press officer Franck Ernotte said a special team was checking the giant arch, site of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, both inside and outside.
He couldn't say exactly what prompted the search.
A security perimeter was set up around the arch, which stands at the top of the famed Champs-Elysees Avenue and typically draws hundreds of tourists a day.
France has been on high alert since it launched a military intervention in Mali on Jan. 2 to regain territory seized by Islamic radicals.
A bomb attack on April 23, at the French Embassy in Libya injured two guards and a teenager.