Explosives found in Paris department store
From The Times and The Telegraph
Police found five sticks of explosive in a leading Paris department store today after a warning from an unknown Afghan group.
The huge Printemps Haussman store, famed for its Christmas displays, was evacuated this morning after a warning signed by the Afghan Revolutionary Front was received by the AFP news agency.
The note said that "several bombs" had been left in Printemps-Homme, one of various buildings used by Printemps around the same site.
"As far as we understand, this was not a set-up that was designed to explode. We will lead the inquiry and find the authors," said interior minister Michèle Alliot-Marie.
The mysterious Afghan group called for the withdrawal of French troops from Afghanistan by the end of February 2009.
France recently sent an extra 700 troops to Afghanistan to bolster the Nato-led force fighting Taliban insurgents, despite public resistance to the move, bringing the French total to 2,900.
There is speculation that US President-elect Barack Obama will ask European countries to provide more troops when he takes up office on January 20.
French intelligence reportedly received information concerning a threat from Afghanistan three weeks ago.
Posted on 12/16/2008 6:12 AM by Esmerelda Weatherwax