Movie director Ron Howard has been granted permission to film scenes for upcoming movie The Da Vinci Code in France's famed Louvre museum.

The movie's production team has already visited the Paris landmark, which houses the world's most famous painting, the Mona Lisa, to scope out locations.

A spokesman for the French Culture Ministry confirms, "Yes, it is scheduled to go ahead. There is no problem."

Nobody has been allowed to film in the Louvre since 1999, but the French authorities are now encouraging movie crews to film in important buildings in a bid to attract more tourists to their country.

21/01/2005 17:51