Paris floods: Louvre and Orsay close to protect exhibits
| 04 Jun 2016
| OKP

The Louvre and Orsay museums have moved works to higher floors as a precaution.
The Louvre's most famous painting, The Mona Lisa, has not been moved as it is housed on the museum's top floor.
The Orsay's website said it was likely to be shut "at least until Monday", while the Louvre did not give a reopening date.
"Due to the level of the river Seine, the Musee du Louvre will be exceptionally closed to the public on 3 June to ensure the protection of the works located in flood zones," it said.
More downpours are forecast for the weekend across a band of central Europe from France to Ukraine.
At least 11 people have died in the past week as a result of the flooding in Europe and several towns in southern Germany have been devastated, with thousands being forced from their homes.
Belgium, Austria, the Netherlands and Poland have also been affected.
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Analysis
York's Jorvik Viking Centre had to close in December after the River Foss flooded. Their chief executive David Jennings said all museums "have a disaster plan".
"For us, and it'll be the same for the Louvre, it depends on what your information is and the time frame you have for understanding the disaster that's about to happen.




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