"The teams avoided the theft and any degradation of the sculpture," the museum administration was cited by the broadcaster as saying.
The media outlet added that a complaint was filed immediately after the attempted theft.
The arrest came on 22 October after an African man tried to take away an Indonesian statue dating back to the 18th century from the collections of the Branly-Jacques Chirac museum. The attempt was caught on CCTV camera, with the footage later posted on social media. In the video, the perpetrator explains that he had come to claim the goods "stolen from Africa".