In a concerning turn of events, the Palace of Versailles, one of France’s top tourist attractions, was evacuated on Tuesday following a bomb threat, just three days after a similar incident, according to multiple sources reported to AFP.
“For security reasons, the Palace of Versailles is evacuating visitors,” the establishment announced on its social media account around 1:00 PM. Initially indicating a full-day closure, the iconic palace reopened its doors approximately two and a half hours later.
The royal residence, constructed in the 17th century about 20 kilometers southwest of Paris, had previously been evacuated on Saturday afternoon due to an anonymous bomb threat posted on the moncomissariat.fr website.
The bomb threat received on Tuesday through the same website was taken very seriously, as stated by a source familiar with the case.
France raised its alert level to “terror attack emergency” on Friday, following an incident where a radicalized man killed a high school teacher in Arras (north), amid heightened tensions due to the conflict between Israel and the Islamist group Hamas.
These incidents have highlighted the prevailing security concerns in France and the vigilance required during a period of heightened tension and terrorism alerts across the nation.