PARIS — Tourists flocked to France’s most famous tourist attraction, the Louvre, this week, despite the threat of violence by Islamist militants.
The surge of visitors in the first half of 2017 is more than three times the previous year’s average, according to data compiled by France’s tourism ministry.
Tourists from France, Germany, Britain, Germany and the U.S. flocked at the Lourie, the most popular tourist attraction in the world, according the ministry.
The number of visitors from the U., U.K., and the Netherlands also surged, but the numbers are relatively small compared with the previous years.
The ministry said about one million people visited the Lourianne, the second-most popular attraction in Europe after the Louvain.
The rise in visitors comes as France is on the verge of a record-breaking summer that will also bring an unprecedented wave of terrorism.
On Monday, at least three men killed a police officer in a terror attack on a train in the southern city of Marseille.
Authorities believe that three of the attackers were inspired by ISIS, and that the other two may have been inspired by the militant group.
In the wake of the attack, a man named Abu Omar killed a policewoman in an assault that injured nine people at a Jewish museum in Paris, and a man wielding a knife opened fire at a police station in the French Riviera city of Nice.