Saturday 22 July 2017

Security alert in the Louvre where Macron was hoping to celebrate victory

Screen grab from video taken by Daniel Glazman, via Twitter
Screen grab from video taken by Daniel Glazman, via Twitter
Independent.ie Newsdesk

A courtyard at the Louvre Museum in Paris has been evacuated after a suspicious bag was discovered.

Emmanuel Macron’s campaign press office confirmed the courtyard outside the Louvre museum where the centrist French presidential candidate hoped to celebrate election night has been evacuated because of a security alert.

Campaign spokeswoman Pauline Calmes told The Associated Press that the Esplanade du Louvre, in downtown Paris, was evacuated as a precaution. She did not specify the nature of the threat, but says police ordered the evacuation.

A press room for the 300 journalists covering the event has been relocated after the original site was evacuated.

The Louvre already was being heavily guarded after an extremist attacker targeted soldiers near the museum during the presidential campaign.

Web users say the site has since reopened.

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