(ANSA) - Rome, January 24 - Police were taking seriously a
bomb threat in St Peter's Square during French President
Francois Hollande's audience with the pope Friday, hours after
an explosive device was detonated outside a foundation linked to
France's embassy to the Holy See.
Police received the threat from an anonymous caller who
said the device was beneath Bernini's famous colonnade.
Earlier on Friday a rudimentary explosive went off in
central Rome, damaging a number of cars, with no reported
Police are investigating whether the incident could be
linked to Hollande's visit.
The last time a French head of State visited the Vatican
was in October 2010, when ex-president Nicolas Sarkozy was
received by Benedict XVI.