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Louvre reopens after being evacuated over bomb threat

Anti-terror police asked visitors and some 300 journalists to leave the area with immediate effect f
The French presidential election was rocked by a security alert in the heart of Paris today, the Daily Mail reported on Sunday.

The courtyard outside the Louvre museum, where Emmanuel Macron plans to hold an election night victory party, was evacuated on police orders after a bomb threat.

Macron's campaign press office said it was a 'suspicious bag' that prompted the evacuation.  

Anti-terror police asked visitors and some 300 journalists to leave the historic courtyard with immediate effect following the alert at about 1pm.

Heavily armed officers and specially trained sniffer dogs then began to scour the area outside the Louvre museum where the Mona Lisa painting is one of many priceless art works on display. 

Hundreds of tourists and journalists queued outside the historic building in the rain as police swarmed into the closed courtyard, which was reopened some 90 minutes later.  

The Paris police Tweeted a reassuring message: '(hash)Louvre These are simple verification measures carried out as precautionary measure.'

Last Modified: Sunday، 07 May 2017 04:56 PM
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