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Suspicious bag causes Paris security alert

Emmanuel Macron’s campaign press office says it was a suspicious bag that prompted the evacuation of the courtyard outside the Louvre museum, where the centrist French presidential candidate has planned to celebrate election night.

Macron’s team said a press room had been set up at the downtown Paris location and 300 journalists who were on site have been evacuated as a precaution.

French presidential candidate Emmanuel Macron, center, campaigning ahead of the second and final round of the presidential elections, April 29, 2017, in Poitiers, central France. (Eric Feferberg/AFP)
French presidential candidate Emmanuel Macron, center, campaigning ahead of the second and final round of the presidential elections, April 29, 2017, in Poitiers, central France. (Eric Feferberg/AFP)

The Louvre already was being heavily guarded after an extremist attacker targeted soldiers near the museum during the presidential campaign.

The Paris police prefecture tweeted a reassuring message: “#Louvre These are simple verification measures carried out as precautionary measure.”

The runoff election in which Macron is competing against far-right candidate Marine Le Pen is being conducted under the watch of 50,000 security forces guarding against extremist attacks.

— AP

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