Train station near Disneyland Paris evacuated for 2 hours

PARIS (AP) " A train station close to Disneyland Paris was evacuated for two hours Thursday evening as bomb disposal teams were called in to examine a suspicious package.

An Associated Press reporter witnessed how police and security staff of the SNCF, France's national rail operator, sealed off Marne-la-Vallee train station, 25 kilometer (15 miles) east of the French capital.

Thousands of travelers were later allowed to get back to the train station, yet the train traffic remained partially disrupted.

Paris' police confirmed there had been an intervention due to a "suspicious package" in the train station, but didn't immediately provide any more details.

Disneyland Paris said the park remained open to the public.

Stations close to the site have been evacuated several times in recent weeks in what turned out to be false alarms amid a summer of tensions after a string of deadly extremist attacks.

The park hosts about 15 million visitors a year, more than any attraction in Europe.

The French government held a special meeting Wednesday to discuss security measures, including a decision to increase the number of troops patrolling in sensitive sites of the Paris region as the new school year is about to start.


AP writer Sylvie Corbet contributed in Paris

This story has been automatically published from the Associated Press wire which uses US spellings

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