Mont-Saint-Michel had to be evacuated and closed to tourists on April 22, 2018 by the gendarmerie
Mont-Saint-Michel, one of the most visited sites in France, was evacuated and closed to tourists as a precaution on Sunday morning by the gendarmerie in search of a man who had made threatening remarks to the forces of the ‚order.
The Abbey will reopen to the public at 14H00, „the site is clear of all risk,“ told AFP Jean Marc Sabathé, prefect of the Channel.
Around 7:45, on a shuttle bus to Mont-Saint-Michel, a tourist guide warned the police that a man had made threatening and threatening remarks to the police and gendarmes. This person was followed on the tourist site thanks to the video surveillance of the municipal police before being lost sight of, says the source close to the file.
According to the prefect of the Channel, Jean Marc Sabathé, speaking on France Bleu, „a man wanted to do a street animation when he had an altercation with a cafe.He made threats against the police „.
„I evacuated the Mount as a precaution because no one knows the real intentions of this individual, I evacuated the entire Mount and raked house by house to make sure it was not there.“ , he said.
The prefect said that the evacuation took place in good conditions.
„The man mingled with the first visitors There was no shooting, no weapon The village will be reopened as soon as the police are certain that the individual is no longer on the site I’m pretty sure it’s not there since all the houses have been checked, „said the state representative.
It would be „a young man between 20 and 30 who was dressed in a white t-shirt and dark pants,“ according to a photo taken by a firefighter.
Several witnesses had reported this person while returning to this tourist site which attracts every year nearly 2.5 million tourists.
– Surprise but do not panic –
Tourists evacuated from Mont-Saint-Michel on April 22, 2018
„We were evacuated without knowing why this morning during breakfast, we saw a lot of gendarmes.There was no panic, we were especially surprised,“ said Denis Surfys, a journalist on vacation .
Xavier Bailly, administrator of the abbey, remained confined to his home „by order of the gendarmerie“. „I’m calm, I’m waiting for the instructions of the prefecture,“ he told AFP by phone.
Pedestrians staying in the hotels were evacuated in a calm and uneventful manner. The Abbey was closed as a precaution and religious services canceled.
The gendarmes searched houses and shops, while tourists were kept at a distance on the bridge leading to the site. Thirty of them take the opportunity to do a selfie and tanning session under the sun, said an AFP photographer.
„The evacuation of tourists was fast because there were very few this morning,“ said the Gendarmerie Channel.
Several hundred tourists who wanted to spend this Sunday on the Mount were blocked. The shuttles of Mont Saint-Michel which circulate every 10 minutes have been stopped.
According to an AFP photographer on site, on the parking at the foot of Mount, a dozen gendarmerie vehicles were stationed at midday.
About fifty gendarmes were deployed, a helicopter flew over Mount and the Caen Research Section was seized.
World Heritage Site by UNESCO, the rocky island where stands today the abbey of Mont-Saint-Michel has become over time an emblematic element of the French heritage that makes it one of the most visited sites in France with nearly 2.5 million tourists each year.
Mont-Saint-Michel has regained its island character in 2015 thanks to a bridge bridge that replaced the dike-road.