Tourists at iconic French abbey evacuated after threat

Tourists at iconic French abbey evacuated after threat

French authorities said they would reopen Mont Saint-Michel on Sunday after calling off an alert caused by a man threatening the police.

A shuttle service official mentioned massive crowds are being evacuated or turned away and a police helicopter is flying overhead, however the environment is calm.

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

A local journalist posted unconfirmed images on Twitter of tourists being evacuated and armed police at the abbey.

Fortress of Mont Saint-Michel, in 1874, recognized historical monument. So we tried to try to see it anyway but we were told to go back'.

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

Tourists at iconic French abbey evacuated after threat
Tourists at iconic French abbey evacuated after threat

It's reported that the man made the threat when he was trying to stage a street performance, and got into an argument with a cafe worker.

Police searched houses on the island in the northern region of Normandy, but were unable to find the inidividual, who was heard uttering threats.

French police reports on large-scale search operations of suspicious men in Mont-Saint-Michel.

'It's possible that the individual left the Mont with the flux of tourists, ' Sabathe said.

Hotels on the Mont were being evacuated, but its few permanent residents were being told to stay indoors, the site's administrator, Xavier Bailly, told broadcaster France-Bleu from his home.

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