French police did not find explosive objects on the territory of the Louvre Museum and the Palace of Versailles, which were evacuated. The mining threat turned out to be false, said French Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin.
“What happened in the Palace of Versailles, in the Louvre or at the Lyon Station – every time we send sappers to the scene and evacuate citizens. I can assure that there was no real threat to these three facilities that you mentioned, which were closed after the evacuation,” noted he (quote from TASS).
According to the official, France has recently faced an increase in the number of anonymous threats received, both by mail and by telephone, against various institutions, including schools. Every time the police check these threats, and also make efforts to detain residents who send such threats, Darmanen added.
Earlier on October 14, it was reported that the Palace of Versailles and the area around the castle were evacuated due to a bomb threat, and the Louvre Museum announced its closure after receiving similar threats. It is expected to open on October 15th.
This happened the day after an attack on a school in the city of Arras in northern France. As a result, a literature teacher was killed and three people were injured, including another teacher and a security guard. According to BFMTV, the attacker was a 20-year-old young man who had previously studied at this school and was included in the list of alleged radicals of the French Ministry of Internal Affairs. It was reported that he shouted “Allahu Akbar” when attacking with a knife.
Against the backdrop of what was happening in France, a state of emergency was declared.