>> A booby trapped letter exploding in the face of a secretary at the International Monetary Funds Office in Paris on Thursday. The woman, triggering an explosion, as she opened the envelope, suffering non-life threatening burns to her face and arms.>>
> There were a few phone calls in the last few days but which do not necessarily linked to this case. But as always, there is sometimes threats made by telephone in the days before. It comes after a militant Greek group, calling itself Conspiracy of Fire Cells, claimed responsibility for mailing a parcel bomb to Germany's Finance Minister on Wednesday.
Something rather homemade, it is by no means a bomb.>> The building was immediately evacuated. Armed police swarming to the scene in Central Paris. Employees allowed to return inside just hours later. IMF Chief Christine Lagarde condemning the explosion as a cowardly act of violence. Nobody has yet admitted to sending the letters.
The group was behind a wave of parcel bombs sent to foreign embassies in Athens in 2010. The IMF has been involved in discussions between Greece and its international creditors, on dispersing new loans to Athens under a bailout program. No word yet on whether the two incidents are connected.
France is just six weeks out from a Presidential election and has been hit hard by attacks by Islamist groups in the last few years. The country, still in a state of emergency with army units patrolling the streets of Paris. President François Hollande says French authorities will do all they can to find those responsible.