France - Strike action forces Louvre to close its doors for a day - June 1, 2019

Reception and security staff at the Louvre in Paris went on a one-day strike that forced the museum to close its doors. The staff were on strike to protest working conditions at the museum that due to its ever growing popularity have deteriorated. Last year alone the Louvre attracted a record of more than 10 million visitors. Union officials state that while the public has increased by more than 20% since 2009 the palace has not grown, making working conditions very harsh. Amongst the problems that arise from an overcrowded museum are aggressive and impatient public, jostling crowds and inadequate emergency evacuation measures.

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