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Bomb scare briefly closes one of Paris' biggest hospitals

Associated Press Associated Press 18/11/2016 PHILIPPE SOTTO, Associated Press

PARIS — French officials say one of the biggest public hospitals in Paris has reopened after a phoned-in bomb threat closed the facility for three hours.

The Paris police department said a bomb squad found nothing suspicious on Friday while searching the premises of the Hopital Europeen Georges Pompidou.

The authority for the capital's public hospitals said in a statement that some existing patients were temporarily moved during the afternoon search, but that the hospital was not evacuated. It reopened in the early evening.

Authorities had ordered all entrances to the hospital shut and emergencies referred to other hospitals after an anonymous call sparked the bomb scare.

The Hopital Europeen, the newest hospital built in Paris, meets the health needs of nearly 600,000 people in the southwest Paris region.

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