March 20, 2017 / 10:28 AM / a year ago

French financial prosecutor's office briefly evacuated

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

French gendarmes with a detection dog and police stand in front of the French financial prosecutor's offices following a bomb alert in central Paris, France, March 20, 2017. REUTERS/Benoit Tessier
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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 center 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

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