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Paris Louvre reopens amid strict anti-virus measures and no crowds

The Louvre museum in Paris reopened on Monday after a shutdown of nearly four months due to the Covid-19 virus pandemic, estimated to have cost 40 million euros in lost revenue, with visitors required to wear masks and to observe individual distancing markers which kept one of its most popular exhibits, Leonardo's Mona Lisa, unobscured by the crowds it attracted before the health crisis.  

Staff force Louvre closure over virus infection fears

Workers at the Louvre in Paris - the most visited museum in world - voted not to open on Sunday as France reported 100 cases of the Covid-19 disease

Scientific expert threatens Louvre with legal action over Leonardo da Vinci exhibition

Expert Pascal Cotte during the digitisation project on the 'Mona Lisa' in 2004. © DR Expert Pascal Cotte during the digitisation project on the 'Mona Lisa' in 2004. © DR

Pascal Cotte, a French scientist who has written several studies and two books on the 'Mona Lisa', and who has digitised several works by Leonardo da Vinci, has accused the Louvre Museum of “parasitism” in relation to his work. Cotte claims that in its major exhibition on the artist, which ends on February 24th, the Paris museum has not credited his discoveries and ground-breaking work on the artist and his most famous painting. Karl Laske reports.

Da Vinci's 'Vitruvian Man' to go to Paris exhibition

After a court battle in Italy to prevent its transfer, Leonardo da Vinci's celebrated ink drawing work 'The Vitruvian Man', based on the writings of the ancient Roman architect Vitruvius who correlated the measurements and design of the human body into architecture, a loan has finally been approved to the Louvre museum in Paris for a major upcoming exhibition  marking the 500th anniversary of the Italian polymath's death.

Proposed Mona Lisa 'grand tour' of France could cost £30m

Plans to take painting on tour now 'on back burner' after Louvre came up with 'astronomical' figure in transport costs and lost tourist revenue. 

Louvre knife attack sparks fresh warnings of French terror threat

Suspect who shouted ‘Allahu Akbar’ is said by police to be an Egyptian visitor who arrived in France in January on a visa from Dubai.

French soldier shoots attacker outside Louvre

Police say the man who was shot and injured had tried to attack a security patrol with a machete shouting "Allahu Akbar".

Mona Lisa 'hiding earlier portrait'

A French scientist claims that years of high-tech study of Leonardo da Vinci's celebrated portrait has revealed another below it of a different sitter.

France willing to pay 80 million euros for Rembrandt painting

In groundbreaking deal, culture minister says France and Holland have each agreed to buy one of two full-length portraits painted in 1634.

France’s Louvre keeps title as world’s most-visited museum

Total number of tourists who came in 2014 to admire works of art and antiquities including Da Vinci's Mona Lisa was 9.3 million.

French museums set to loan 300 masterpieces to Louvre Abu Dhabi

Works by Leonardo da Vinci and Claude Monet will be among those on display at €500m new art museum due to open in December 2015.

France to open Louvre and Versailles 7 days a week

Ministers say two-year trial period, which starts in 2015, will 'allow more access to the works' as well as creating jobs and saving money.

Rats on the rampage at Louvre museum gardens in Paris

Area has become infested with the animals which are often seen scampering across grass just yards from picnicking tourists and Parisians.

Foiled French jihadist ‘targeted Louvre and Eiffel Tower’

Targets revealed in online messages between a 29-year-old French citizen and a 'senior member' of al-Qaeda offshoot group.

French restaurants where your looks decide your seat

Two Parisian restaurants are said to seat guests according to how good-looking they are to raise the tone of the establishments.