The Louvre in Paris evacuated all guests and staff and closed early Saturday after receiving written threats, reports Breaking News.
It said the move was linked to the government’s decision to put France on high alert following a fatal stabbing at a school by a suspected extremist.
The Louvre’s communications service said no one was injured and no incidents were reported.
Paris police said checks are underway at the museum, reports Breaking News.
Due to the influx of tourists and other guests, the police have surrounded the monument from all sides and blocked the entrance to the underground.
Videos posted online show people leaving – some in a hurry, some stopping to take photos, others apparently confused by what’s going on.
The French government raised its threat alert level after Friday’s school attack and is deploying 7,000 troops to boost security.
The government is also concerned about the consequences of the war between Israel and Hamas in France, reports Breaking News.
The Louvre, which houses masterpieces like the Mona Lisa, is visited by 30,000 to 40,000 people a day.
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