Published: Sun, April 22, 2018
People | By Neil Grant

France's Mont Saint-Michel to reopen after security threat

France's Mont Saint-Michel to reopen after security threat

The site reopened this afternoon and a trickle of tourists started returning to the Mont across a promontory that connects it to the mainland.

Dozens of police officers were deployed to Mont-Saint-Michel, one of the most popular destinations among tourists in France, after a man threatened to 'kill cops, ' local media reports.

The regional prosecutor's office opened an investigation into the threat, amid contradictory information about what happened.

"All the houses have been checked, all the public and private places have been inspected by the gendarmerie forces, and the abbey is empty", Jean-Marc Sabathé, prefect of the Channel, told BFMTV.

An official said the threat was vague, but sufficient to order an evacuation at about 5.30am GMT.

The man was caught on video surveillance cameras.

Police are trying to find the person who made the risk.

The shuttle service official said large numbers of people were being evacuated or turned away with a police helicopter is overhead, although the mood was calm with no sense of panic.

Military police were conducting raids in the surrounding areas, though there were fears that the man had camouflaged himself among the tourists and left Mont-Saint-Michel, Efe news reported.

The positioning is without doubt one of the most visited in France, with a number of thousand vacationers a day.

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