Louvre Museum Evacuated and Closed Early After Receiving Threat
The Louvre Museum in Paris is taking precautionary measures by evacuating all visitors and staff and closing its doors early on Saturday due to a written threat it received. The decision to do so is related to the French government’s recent move to heighten the country’s security alert level following a fatal school stabbing incident believed to be carried out by an extremist.
The Louvre’s communication service has confirmed that there have been no injuries or reported incidents. Authorities are currently conducting checks within the museum premises, with police officers cordoning off the area as tourists and other visitors exit the building.
In response to Friday’s school attack, the French government has raised the threat alert level and will deploy 7,000 troops to enhance security measures. Additionally, concerns have been raised about the potential repercussions in France from the ongoing conflict between Israel and Hamas.
The Louvre, renowned for housing iconic artworks like the Mona Lisa, typically welcomes an average of 30,000 to 40,000 visitors daily.