Paris, France (BBN)-French police are examining what appears to be a suicide bomb belt dumped on a Paris street, 11 days after the attacks that killed 130 people.
It is said to resemble belts used by the attackers and was found in a suburb which a suspect is thought to have passed through after the attacks, reports BBC.
The US has issued a worldwide travel alert in response to the attacks.
The Belgian capital Brussels remains on high alert.
Schools and the metro will stay closed on Tuesday.
They are due to reopen on Wednesday but the highest alert level will continue for at least another week.
Authorities fear Paris-style attacks may be carried out in Brussels, where at least one Paris attacker lived.
Prime Minister Charles Michel warned that the threat remained “imminent”.
French President Francois Hollande is due to meet US President Barack Obama on Tuesday as he continues a busy week of international diplomacy during which he will meet all other permanent members of the UN Security Council.
The suspected explosives belt was found in a dustbin on Monday by street cleaners in the Montrouge district, police say.
Police sources told news agencies it resembled those used in the 13 November attacks.
According to AFP news agency, the device lacks a detonator.
It is one of two key bits of evidence discovered by French police and publicly linked to Salah Abdeslam, one of the main suspects.
His brother Brahim blew himself up during the attacks.
A mobile phone was previously found in an abandoned car he rented.
Phone data suggest that on the night of the attacks, Salah Abdeslam was in the area where the belt was later found.
It may be that he planned to detonate the bomb belt but abandoned the plan – either because the belt was malfunctioning or, as his brother Mohamed has suggested, because he had a last-minute change of heart.
In a separate development, France’s minister for the family, Laurence Rossignol, has encouraged the families of children who lost a parent in the 13 November attacks to request the status of “ward of the nation”.
The status, which dates back to World War One, allows the family to retain responsibility for rearing the child, but means the child can receive grants and subsidies throughout their education and early adult life.
A massive manhunt for Salah Abdeslam is continuing in both France and Belgium.
Brussels on Monday saw a third day of unprecedented restrictions, with troops and armed police patrolling the streets.
Announcing that the state of alert would remain at level four, Michel stressed “we must all progressively get back to a normal life”.
The rest of Belgium remains on alert level three, meaning an attack is seen as possible and credible.
Belgian police have charged a fourth suspect with terrorism offences related to the Paris attacks, the federal prosecutor said.
The unnamed man was one of 21 people detained in raids on Sunday and Monday.
Seventeen have been released without charge.
Mohammed Amri, 27, and Hamza Attou, 20, have already been charged with aiding Salah Abdeslam.
A third, unnamed suspect has also been charged.
On Monday, France carried out its first strikes against IS in Syria and Iraq from its Charles de Gaulle aircraft carrier, newly deployed in the eastern Mediterranean.
Monday: Met UK Prime Minister David Cameron in Paris
Tuesday: Flies to Washington to meet US President Barack Obama
Wednesday: Meets German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Paris
Thursday: Goes to Moscow to meet Russian President Vladimir Putin
Sunday: Meets China’s President Xi Jinping in Paris