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, the Musee d'Orsay, and the Musee Picasso. 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 Musee Carnavalet, the Espace Montmartre
Salvador Dali and the Musee d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris. The
spokeswoman also noted that attractions such as the catacombs and
the Paris sewers remained open.