Louvre museum remains closed following Paris floods

Wide-spread flooding has forced thousands of people to flee their homes

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Rising floodwater in Paris has prompted the world's most-visited museum, the Louvre, to close its doors today.

In a statement, the museum says: "Due to the level of the river Seine, the Musée du Louvre will be exceptionally closed to the public on June 3, 2016 to ensure the protection of the works located in flood zones".

"We apologize for any inconvenience caused".

The grand palace that houses the museum dates back to the late 12th century.

Wide-spread flooding has forced thousands of people on the continent to flee their homes, and left at least 10 people dead.

Severe flooding across France over the past few days has also forced parts of its Metro network to shut down.

Authorities say waters are at levels not seen since 1910. Tourist boat cruises have been cancelled.

More heavy rain is forecast across Germany and France over the next 24 hours.

French President Francois Hollande has declared a State Of Natural Disaster.

A state of emergency has also been declared in Bavaria in Germany, where three people died after being trapped in a house.

This woman lives nearby.