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.
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.