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Business as usual after Paris cathedral bomb scare


A day after an explosive device found inside the basilica forced its evacuation, tourists were returning.

Police evacuated dozens of people from the landmark Sacre Coeur church in the Montmartre district of Paris on Tuesday after being alerted to suspect gas canisters, but said the device did not appear to be a functioning bomb.

The streets were calm and two policemen in a lone white car were parked outside Sacre Coeur Basilica.

A church official said that the police investigation was ongoing and that "for the moment no new security measures would be implemented."

Michelle Rondeau, 57, a basilica security guard, said he had not received new instructions. Surveying the crowd dispersed across the church, he said it was a normal crowd for mid-January.

"It's not peak season now; really, there is no difference compared to other days."

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Paris' Sacre Coeur Church Evacuated, Canisters Found (Reuters)
La Basilique de Sacre Coeur de Montmartre

17 Jan 2003