President Francois Hollande
Delhi is planning tight security for French President Francois Hollande visit for Repiblic Day celebrations as terror threat looms large. Picture: French President Francois Hollande (L) welcomes India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi as he arrives for the opening day of the World Climate Change Conference 2015 (COP21) at Le Bourget, near Paris, France, November 30, 2015.Reuters

The French Consulate in Bangalore received a threat letter on 11 January apparently by al-Qaeda, said emerging reports.

Though a complaint regarding the threat letter was registered at the High Grounds police station in Bangalore on 14 January, the details came out only on Thursday. Priliminary investigation has discovered the Chennai address on the letter was fake.

The "intimidating" three-line letter asks French President Francois Hollande to cancel his visit to India for its Republic Day celebrations next week, reported PTI.

Hollande, who will arrive in Chandigarh on 24 January, is the chief guest at this year's Republic Day celebrations in New Delhi.

Meanwhile, security has been beefed up in New Delhi ahead of the Republic Day parade. Reports suggest over 70 skyscrapers near Rajpath will remain closed for security reasons.

There are also reports of terror alerts in Delhi, Mumbai and Kolkata ahead of Republic Day celebrations.

Indian intelligence agencies are working closely with France's Directorate General for External Security (DGSE) and the US' Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) to ensure foolproof security.

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