Six airports in France were evacuated this morning after bomb threatsconfirmed airport sources and local media.
Lille-Lesquin was the first to be evacuated, followed by Lyon-Bron (business airport), Toulouse-Blagnac, Nice-Côte d’Azur, Nantes-Atlantique and Beauvais-Tillé. For the moment, no planes are taking off from the airports concerned, BFMTV the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGAC). For aircraft that have just landed, either the passengers are disembarked at the end of the runway, and do not return to the terminal, or they are asked to wait in their plane. Flights scheduled for arrival are diverted to other French airports.
This morning around 10:30 a.m., Lille-Lesquin was the first to be emptied of its users and stafffollowing a bomb threat » received by email, confirmed the Lille platform. “ State security services are on site “, she indicated.
HAS Lyon-Bronthe alert was lifted around 12 p.m., it was a “ false alarm », according to the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes prefecture.
HAS Toulouse-Blagnaca major security system is deployed at the airport, after an email sent around 10:30 a.m. to airport staff saying that a bomb had been placed on the site, according to La Dépêche du Midi.
Nice-Côte d’Azur also received a threat, but the alert has already ended. It was a piece of luggage abandoned at Terminal 1 which was neutralized, its manager indicated on X (formerly Twitter).
In Nantes-Atlantiqueit is the discovery of a suspicious package, according to West France, which prompted the evacuation of the airport. If takeoffs are suspended, planes can still land on the tarmac.
Beauvais-Tillé is being evacuated at midday, after a bomb threat. According to the Courier Picardan email would have been sent to airport staff to trigger the alert.
France has been placed since Friday in “emergency attack», the highest level of the Vigipirate plan, following the Islamist attack perpetrated against Dominique Bernard, a teacher in Arras. Since then, bomb threats have been increasing. The Louvre Museum was evacuated on Saturday, as well as the Palace of Versailles on Saturday and Tuesday.
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