One of France’s busiest shopping centers was partially evacuated after a suspicious package was found next to a vehicle in the outside car park, which was later identified as a couscous maker. The owner of the device has been detained.
The alarm was raised in Velizy-2, a giant mall located near Versailles, outside Paris, shortly after 3pm Tuesday.
A large part of the shopping center, which receives about 60,000 visitors a day, was shut off, with people filing outside in an “orderly” fashion. The tram link was immediately suspended.
Some 250 members of the emergency services, including police, firemen, paramedics and sniffer dogs then raced to the scene. A homemade pressure cooker bomb was used in the Boston Marathon attack in 2013.
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