An attempted intrusion into the Palace of Versailles nearly succeeded after a 31-year-old man scaled the castle walls and entered through a window.
Details of the incident were provided by the Versailles prosecutor’s office. According to her, the man arrived at the scene by taxi around 10:30 p.m. The taxi driver, after noticing something strange about the man (like “thinking he was a king”) quickly alerted the police. The man, meanwhile, scaled the castle wall and entered the museum after breaking a French window. Fortunately, he was apprehended immediately after entering through the window.
The Palace of Versailles said in a statement that the collections had not suffered any damage during the intrusion. The statement also states that the man left Paris and left for Versailles by taxi, giving the driver the location of the castle. The window he broke was near an entrance door and gave access to the lower gallery.
The Palace of Versailles was closed earlier in the year as COVID-19 spread across Europe. It was reopened in May after France eased some restrictions. The palace, which contains many sections like a garden and a gallery, is one of the most popular tourist destinations in France. It was reopened after ensuring that sufficient Covid-19 precautions would be followed. This included buying tickets in advance and adhering to health protocols in the palace. The palace was built in the 17and century by King Louis XIV, also known as the Sun King.