The Louvre museum in Paris, recognized as the largest museum globally, took precautionary measures by evacuating visitors and temporarily closing its doors “for security reasons.” This action comes as France remains on high alert following a recent attack in the northeastern town of Arras.
The country elevated its security threat level to the highest point after a tragic incident in Arras, where a man fatally stabbed a teacher and severely injured three others at a school on Friday.
A spokesperson for the Louvre revealed that the museum “received a written message stating that there was a risk to the museum and its visitors.” In response to this alarming communication, the decision was made to evacuate visitors and close the museum for the day to conduct essential security checks.
The suspect in the Arras attack, identified as Mohammed Moguchkov, was apprehended by the police. During the incident, he had exclaimed the Arabic phrase “Allahu akbar!” (God is greatest). Authorities have indicated a potential connection to the ongoing violence in the Middle East. French President Emmanuel Macron condemned the act as an “Islamist terror” event.
In light of the closure, the Louvre assured visitors who had purchased tickets for the day that they would be reimbursed for the inconvenience.
The security measures at the Louvre serve as a reminder of the continued vigilance and heightened security concerns across France, reflecting the broader implications of global events on national safety and public spaces.
Sources By Agencies