Tuesday 21 February 2017

Mona on the move - world famous Louvre to evacuate artworks as flood waters rise

Published 02/06/2016 | 19:39

The Louvre in Paris
The Louvre in Paris
The original Mona Lisa

Paris' iconic Louvre museum halted entries today and will be closed to the public on Friday to allow priceless artworks to be removed if the swollen River Seine keeps rising higher, an internal email to staff showed.

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"The museum will remain closed to the public tomorrow out of precaution: there is no danger to the public or our staff but will allow us to calmly remove certain art collections should it be necessary," the email seen by Reuters stated.

The original Mona Lisa
The original Mona Lisa

After days of torrential rains, the French government has issued an orange alert for central Paris, with the Seine's water level bursting through 5 meters. Its record high was 8.60 meters during the devastating floods of 1910.

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