A bomb threat stopped service on five Métro lines Tuesday.
The 3, 5, 9, and 11 train lines, which all run through the Place de la République station, were taken out of service after a bomb threat was phoned into Paris police, reportedly saying that a bomb would be detonated at 2pm. Police told BFM TV that, of course, all threats must be taken seriously.
The station itself was evacuated, as was the square at Place de la République was, and travel was affected throughout the city. According to Libération, police were investigating a package in the square that had been deemed suspicious. The threat was cleared, but trains were still struggling to overcome delays by mid-afternoon.
It was the same scene in the city of Rennes, where another bomb threat was called in about that city’s Place de la République, raising the possibility that one of the other threat may have been the result of a fantastically wrong number.