Threat to ‘Mona Lisa’ Sends Shockwaves Through Louvre

The Louvre, renowned for housing the iconic masterpiece ‘Mona Lisa’ among other priceless artworks, was rocked by a bomb threat in the early hours of last Sunday, as reported by the French daily Le Figaro.

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The threat, communicated in English via the museum’s website, bore the signature of “Pères fondateurs de la Confederation” (Founding Fathers of the Confederation), as per a police source. Louvre authorities promptly complained on Wednesday, citing an imminent attack. Subsequently, the museum confirmed the incident to the French media.

The threatening message, dispatched through the website’s general contact form at 3:47 a.m., ominously declared intent to detonate explosives targeting the ‘Mona Lisa’ and other prized artworks. It chillingly warned, “Just a warning: 100 kg of C4 does a lot of damage,” alluding to historical figures associated with the creation of Canada in 1867.

Following the receipt of the threat, the Louvre promptly activated its security protocols, summoning agents from the Ministry of Culture to conduct a thorough search of the premises. Fortunately, no suspicious items were discovered.

This unsettling incident is not the first time the Louvre has faced threats of violence. Last October, both the Louvre and the Palace of Versailles were evacuated due to similar bomb threats. Despite extensive searches, no explosive devices were found, and both institutions resumed normal operations the following day.