Visitors at the iconic Louvre museum heard an alarm and were instructed to leave the famous landmark at once as a ‘security protocol’.
The dramatic evacuation was executed amid heightened terrorist threats against tourist hotspots in the city.
After the brief panic, however, visitors have been allowed back inside the legendary landmark, home to the famous painting of Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa.
Visitors have taken to Twitter to share their experiences and thoughts on the sudden evacuation and also the fast ‘recovery.’ Kathy Skipper posed a photo on Twitter showing hundreds of people gathered outside the museum’s remarkable glass pyramid entrance.
She said: “Just evacuated from The Louvre. Just part of the Paris experience, I suppose.”
Another social media user wrote: Inside @MuseeLouvre now and heard an alarm asking all visitors to evacuate “as a security protocol.” What happened?”
On Sunday in a separate location north of Paris, however, twelve people have been unfortunately hurt after a Molotov cocktail was thrown into a restaurant in Aubervilliers, the capital’s northern suburbs, about 8:30 p.m. local time. Two of the victims were badly burned in the attack, with the restaurant gutted by the fire which was started by the petrol bomb. Infos Francaises reported that six of those injured were police officers.
Local media reports say the attack came after a botched robbery. Three diners were airlifted to hospital in the aftermath.
Paris has been the target of several terror attacks over the past recent years. In early February, there was also a Louvre terror attack when an Egyptian man who arrived in France in January this year was shot five times after he attacked a soldier with a machete. While attacking with a machete, the man was heard shouting “Allahu Akbar.” The soldier was slightly injured in the attack. The PM said at the time that the attack was clearly “terrorist in nature.”