According to an article in Le Parisien, the assailants who entered the catacombs the night of September 11th did so without forcing the door, suggesting they used one of the archaic tunnels under the city that once led to the bone chamber. Without apparent motive, the director of the Carnavalet museum (which runs the catacombs) can't speculate on how long they will be closed.
Visitors who had planned their trip around the bones of this tourist stop can catch a glimpse of what they're missing in a French movie just arrived stateside called "Paris," in which a character has a panic attack while filming a documentary down below.
· Paris catacombs closed to public due to vandalism [Associated Press via Google]
· Les catacombs vandalisees [Le Parisien]
· Hearts And Bones: Seeing Skulls in the Czech Republic [Jaunted]
· New Tate Britain Exhibition Is Tres Derivative [Jaunted]