Tourists at French abbey Mont Saint Michel evacuated after threat

Mont-Saint-Michel EVACUATED in France after man 'threatens to attack police' at abbey

The abbey, whose origins date to the 10th century, and surrounding sites draw more than a million visitors every year, making it France's biggest tourist attraction outside Paris.

Mont-Saint-Michel, an island commune in France, was evacuated on Sunday after an unidentified man threatened to attack policemen, according to police sources.

Fortress of Mont Saint-Michel, in 1874, recognized historical monument.

"All houses have been checked, all public and private venues were inspected by the police", police district prefect Jean-Marc Sabathe told the BFM news channel.

He said the man was caught on video surveillance cameras.

Monks and nuns were told to stay inside the abbey during the evacuation, according to the gendarme service, and the Mont's few other residents were told to stay in their homes.

As a police helicopter swirled overhead hunting the suspect, tourists were blocked from entering and holidaymakers were evacuated from hotels in an operation that went off calmly.

The national gendarme service said the man had made the threat while travelling on a shuttle serving the site in Normandy.

Police are trying to find the person who made the risk.

The positioning is without doubt one of the most visited in France, with a number of thousand vacationers a day.

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