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Helped by Beyonce clip, Paris’ Louvre breaks visitor record

January 3, 2019
FILE - In this Tuesday, Jan. 6, 2015, Chris Baker and Jennifer Hinson from Nashville, Tennessee, use a selfie stick in front of the Louvre Pyramide in Paris. The world's most visited museum, the Louvre in Paris registered 10.2 million visitors in 2018, a record boosted by a rise of foreign tourists and pop star Beyonce's video paying tribute to the Mona Lisa and others world-famous artworks. (AP Photo/Remy de la Mauviniere, File)
FILE - In this Tuesday, Jan. 6, 2015, Chris Baker and Jennifer Hinson from Nashville, Tennessee, use a selfie stick in front of the Louvre Pyramide in Paris. The world's most visited museum, the Louvre in Paris registered 10.2 million visitors in 2018, a record boosted by a rise of foreign tourists and pop star Beyonce's video paying tribute to the Mona Lisa and others world-famous artworks. (AP Photo/Remy de la Mauviniere, File)

PARIS (AP) — The Louvre in Paris, the world’s most visited museum, received a record 10.2 million visitors in 2018, numbers boosted by a video clip shot by pop star Beyonce amid its paintings and sculptures.

The Louvre also mentioned in a statement Thursday the success of its flagship exhibition on French master Delacroix as a reason for the record.

The video of Beyonce and her husband Jay Z, featuring the Mona Lisa and other world-famous artworks, has been viewed over 146 million times on YouTube.

The museum notes a significant rise in the number of foreign visitors —almost three-quarters of total visitor numbers — mostly from the United States, China, other European countries and Brazil.

Tourism in the French capital has rebounded since 2017 after a sharp fall following 2015 terror attacks.

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