Museum strike in France still going strong

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 strike.

Over 30 museums in Paris alone have been closed, including the Louvre and the d'Orsay, while the Picasso museum is now partially open.

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 monuments strike.

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