Saturday, October 14, 2023, 2:01 p.m
PARIS– The Louvre Museum in Paris is evacuating all visitors and staff and closing early Saturday after receiving a written threat. It said the move was linked to the government’s decision to put France on high alert following a deadly knife attack at a school by a suspected extremist.
The Louvre’s communications service said no one was injured and no incident was reported. Paris police said checks were underway at the museum. Police officers cordoned off the area as tourists and other visitors streamed out of the museum.
The French government has raised the threat alert level and is sending 7,000 soldiers to beef up security after the attack on a school on Friday. The government is also concerned about the consequences of the war between Israel and Hamas in France.
The Louvre, home to masterpieces such as the Mona Lisa, welcomes between 30,000 and 40,000 visitors daily.
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