NEW YORK -- A national strike affecting museums and monuments
operated by the French Ministry of Culture has continued into its
second week now, and a spokeswoman for the French Government
Tourist Office here said there was no indication of when this
strike might end.
She noted that two major exhibits -- one featuring Monet's
waterlillies, at the Musee National de l'Orangerie des Tuileries;
the other featuring the art of the Egyptians in the time of the
pyramids, at the Grand Palais -- have been closed during the
Over 30 museums in Paris alone have been closed, including the
Louvre and the d'Orsay, while the Picasso museum is now partially
However, the approximately 120 official Museums of the City of
Paris, as well as private museums and monuments, have remained
open. Among those open are the Carnavalet museum, the Espace
Montmartre Salvador Dali and the Museum of Modern Art in Paris. The
spokeswoman also noted that attractions such as the catacombs and
the Paris sewers remained open.
In other Paris strike news, workers for the Paris Metro system
staged a strike on Wednesday which stopped service in the city's
subway system, according to the tourist office spokeswoman. She
said that as of Thursday, some subway lines were already back in
service and that according to reports received by her office, this
strike would be over shortly.
No such good news was received regarding the museum and