Eight French airports hit by security alerts

Eight French airports had to encounter safety related warning bells on Wednesday and many were taken away from their places for checks, the DGAC aviation authority said, and the Palace of Versailles closed one more time because of its third security scare in five days. The airports impacted were Toulouse, Biarritz and Pau in the south-west, Nice in the south-east, Lyon in the east, Lille in the north, and Rennes and Nantes in western France, according to a DGAC spokesperson and the interior ministry.

Lille airport was evacuated because of a bomb scare, the airport had said earlier in the day on social media platform X. “State security teams are on site,” the airport revealed. France is on its highest state of alert after the Oct 13 murder of a schoolteacher in a suspected militant attack. The Palace of Versailles, one of France’s main tourist attractions, said it was again taking away visitors from their places for safety concerns. On Oct 14, a day after the fatal stabbing of the teacher, bomb alerts that proved false urged the evacuation of the Louvre museum, the palace and Paris’ Gare de Lyon train station.