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Paris museum reopened after Election Day alert

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By Associated Press

The courtyard outside the Louvre museum in Paris has reopened after a brief security scare prompted an evacuation of the site where French presidential candidate Emmanuel Macron plans to celebrate election night.

Soldiers patrol in the courtyard of the Louvre museum in Paris, France Sunday, May 7, 2017. French presidential candidate Emmanuel Macron's press office said that the Esplanade du Louvre, where the centrist candidate plans to celebrate if he wins the French presidential election was earlier evacuated after a security alert.(Credits: AP Photo/Kamil Zihnioglu/ Manila Bulletin)

Soldiers patrol in the courtyard of the Louvre museum in Paris, France Sunday, May 7, 2017. French presidential candidate Emmanuel Macron’s press office said that the Esplanade du Louvre, where the centrist candidate plans to celebrate if he wins the French presidential election was earlier evacuated after a security alert.(Credits: AP Photo/Kamil Zihnioglu/ Manila Bulletin)

Explosives experts have left the site after a suspicious bag prompted the evacuation on Sunday of a few hundred people, primarily journalists preparing for Macron event. The museum itself was not evacuated or closed, and visitors continued entering and leaving.

The Louvre already was being heavily guarded after an extremist attacker targeted soldiers near the museum during the presidential campaign. Paris police said the evacuation was a “precautionary measure.”

Some 50,000 security forces are guarding voting stations and other sites around France for Sunday’s runoff between Macron and far-right leader Marine Le Pen.

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