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Friday 20 September 2019

Paris shuts attractions including the Eiffel Tower and the Louvre

A spokeswoman for the Eiffel Tower
A spokeswoman for the Eiffel Tower

French authorities have closed the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre museum and other leading tourist sites in Paris until further notice after the deadly terror attacks.

A Louvre spokeswoman said the museum opened as normal on Saturday with enhanced security, but was ordered closed by the Culture Ministry after President Francois Hollande called for national day of mourning.

Isabelle Esnous, a spokeswoman for the Eiffel Tower, said the monument did not open as a security precaution.

The Culture Ministry said "public cultural sites" were closed in the region, without specifying.

Disneyland Paris was also closed to the public in a highly unusual move because of the string of attack.

The theme park east of the capital, one of Europe's leading tourist attractions, said in a statement that it decided not to open on Saturday "in light of the recent tragic events in France and in support of our community and the victims of these horrendous attacks".

About 14 million people visited Disneyland Paris last year.

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