Brief security alert in Louvre plaza as France votes

Several hundred journalists who have been accredited for the post-election rally were asked to briefly move away from the site.

Brief security alert in Louvre plaza as France votes

World Bulletin / News Desk

The plaza outside the Louvre Museum in Paris, where French presidential frontrunner Emmanuel Macron plans a victory party if elected, was briefly evacuated on Sunday following a security alert, sources said.

A spokesman for Macron's movement said the alert was due to a "suspicious package."

The check was completed around 1230 GMT. 

A police source said the area was cordoned off and searched by a police team "simply to banish any doubts."

The Louvre, the most visited museum in the world, is situated on the banks of the River Seine in the heart of Paris. 

The plaza is the square between the two long arms of the building, where its famous glass pyramid entrance is located.

The second-round vote in France's presidential election is taking place amid tight security, with tens of thousands of police and troops mounting guard.


Güncelleme Tarihi: 07 Mayıs 2017, 16:58