Louvre still blocked by strike, management closes museum

First time since start of protest. Transport nearly normal

17 January, 17:14

    (ANSAmed) - PARIS, JANUARY 17 - The most-visited museum in the world, where visitors now have to book months in advance, was forced to close its doors for the day on Friday after this morning about 60 people blocked the entrances to protest against the pensions reform.

    Management made the decision after the queue of visitors - many of whom had booked for the Leonardo da Vinci exhibition, the most popular currently open - continued to grow.

    The inter-union led by CGT, the labour union that remained the firmest in driving the protest after the moderates abandoned it, wrote in a statement: "it is in the heart of the Louvre Pyramid, where President Emmanuel Macron chose to consecrate his investiture, that a strong wind of labour union opposition is rising up against his disastrous orientations regarding pensions".

    At the demonstration on Thursday, the sixth since the start of the protest on December 5, participant numbers were low, only a few tens of thousands.

    Transport has returned nearly to normal levels.

    The strategy of the labour unions who have continued to protest is to conduct isolated initiatives such as the one at the Louvre, which has thus far been spared from the protest, and to join in strikes by new categories.(ANSAmed).

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