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Louvre grounds, where Macron is due to speak later, evacuated for security checks

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PARIS, May 7 (Reuters) - A press room and the courtyard of the Louvre Museum where French presidential candidate and favourite Emmanuel Macron was expected to speak on Sunday was evacuated for security checks after a suspicious luggage item was found, police and a campaign official said.

"Following the detection of a suspicious bag, the 300 journalists (who were processing their accreditation), were asked to leave the area for security reasons and taken to a different area," said an official from Macron's campaign.

Paris police said the precautionary measure was taken to carry out security checks. (Reporting by Michel Rose and Marine Pennetier; Writing by Bate Felix; Editing by Sudip Kar-Gupta)