Strike shuts down iconic Paris museums and tourist hotspots

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Paris – A strike called by trade unions to demand more state funds and additional personnel for cultural institutions shut down a number of Paris museums and tourist sites Wednesday.

The Centre Pompidou, which has been the subject of a job action for 10 days, shut its doors, as did the Rodin Museum and the Musee d’Orsay, home of the world’s largest collection of Impressionist and post-Impressionist paintings.

In addition, the Arc de Triomphe and the Gothic La Sainte-Chapelle chapel were closed to visitors.

Workers at the culture ministry in Paris also walked off their jobs Wednesday to protest the government’s plans to reduce personnel by not replacing half of all retiring civil service employees.