France's Mont Saint-Michel evacuated after man threatens police - district prefect

Remigio Civitarese
Aprile 22, 2018

MONT-SAINT-MICHEL has been evacuated after a customer reportedly threatened to assault safety workers.

The national gendarme service said the man had made the threat while travelling on a shuttle serving the site in Normandy.

Police tracked the man's first movements on CCTV after the tourist guide and several other people raised the alarm at about 7:45 am (0545 GMT), but they lost sight of him, triggering the evacuation.

A shuttle service official said large crowds were being evacuated or turned away and a police helicopter is flying overhead, but the atmosphere remained calm.

Broadcaster France Info quoted a gendarmerie as saying: "An individual has entered Mont-Saint-Michel".

The UNESCO World Heritage site, which is topped by a medieval monastery, draws more than a million visitors a year.

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