The tourist Art Mecca of Paris – the Louvre art museum- is closed due to the terrorist attacks in Paris until further notice. “The Louvre Museum, which opened this morning, closed,” the radio station ‘Europe1’ stated – citing the press service of the Louvre.
French authorities have closed the Louvre museum and other leading tourist sites in Paris after the deadly terror attacks in the capital. A Louvre spokeswoman said the museum opened as normal on Saturday with enhanced security, but was ordered to be 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 further.
Terrorists launched a total of six coordinated attacks at sites in Paris; French President Francoise Hollande declared a state of emergency for the whole of France following what he called “unprecedented terror attacks”, and then shut all of its borders with immediate effect.
The Bataclan concert hall was the scene of a soulless massacre; while people were shot dead at restaurants and bars at five other sites in Paris. At least 129 people were killed in the attacks. French President Francois Hollande, seen to be visibly shaken, called Friday night’s almost simultaneous attacks “a horror” and vowed to wage a “merciless” battle against terrorism.
Paris saw three days of attacks in early January of this year, when Islamist gunmen murdered 18 people after attacking satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, a supermarket in the capital, and a policewoman who was on patrol.