“I bet they’re asleep in New York — I bet they’re asleep all over America.”
Spy chiefs have uncovered a plot by Islamic terrorists to blow up the Eiffel Tower.
A scrambled short-wave radio conversation exposing the planned attack on the world’s most visited monument was picked up by Portuguese air traffic controller and passed on to French intelligence services.
The 1,060ft high tower, built in 1889, has more than six million visitors a year – an average of more than 16,000 people a day.
A French police source close to France’s DST intelligance agency said last night: “The conversation was picked up on Thursday this week in Portugal and French authorities were immediately alerted.
“It was a muffled conversation in Arabic that was passed on to us as a matter of course, by our analysts clearly identified the threat.
“The sheer number of visitors going up the tower every day means a bomb blowing up there could cause the most massive loss of life.
“Security at the tower is already tight, but is now being stepped up.”
The threat to the tower comes after other threats on Islamic websites hinting at attacks on busy Paris shopping streets and banks….