Paris museums remain closed as strike enters second week

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.

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