Bomb Squad Search Car in French Capital, No Threat Found

September 16, 2018 Updated: September 16, 2018

PARIS—French police closed off part of the Champs Elysees boulevard in the capital on Sept. 16 as bomb disposal officers used a sniffer dog and robot to investigate a suspicious vehicle, before determining there was no security threat.

A Reuters photographer said police cordoned off the avenue close to the Arc de Triomphe and that onlookers had been kept 150 meters (492 feet) from the scene.

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Paris police bomb squad and sniffing dog inspect a car in Champs Elysees avenue in Paris, France, on Sept. 16, 2018. (Gonzalo Fuentes/Reuters)

With its luxury boutiques and terraced cafes, the Champs Elysees is a major draw for tourists and was the site of two attacks on French security forces last year.

A Paris police spokeswoman said the investigation was complete.

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Paris police bomb squad inspects a car in Champs Elysees avenue in Paris, France, on Sept. 16, 2018. (Gonzalo Fuentes/Reuters)

In June 2017, a man rammed a car carrying weapons and explosives into a police van as it drove in a convoy down the boulevard. Two months earlier that year, a gunman shot dead a policeman on the Champs Elysees in an attack claimed by the ISIS terrorist group.

The streets of the French capital were closed to traffic from 11:00 on Sept. 16 for a no-car day in the city.

By Antony Paone

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