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Saturday January 18, 2020

Striking workers shut down the Louvre to protest pension reform


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As protests against reforming pension systems in France have continued since December 5, the Louvre Museum in Paris closed Friday after striking workers blocked its entrance, according to the museum’s administration. Hundreds of visitors gathered in front of the entrance to the Louvre Museum, which records the highest turnout in the world, and some of them insulted the striking workers. The unions are seeking to launch a second wave of mobilization as the protest movement begins to decline.

Protest against a project The French government To fix pension systems, the Louvre Museum in Paris closed Friday after striking workers blocked its entrance, according to the museum’s administration.

Hundreds of frustrated visitors gathered in front of the museum, which is witnessing the highest turnout in the world, and some of them insulted the striking workers, according to a reporter of the French News Agency present at the scene.

On the other hand, about a hundred protesters gathered at the entrance to the pyramid of the Louvre, and asked tourists flying in front of the security barriers to join the protest, calling out: “Tourists are with us!”.

The closure came against the backdrop of union leaders seeking to broaden opposition To reform pension systems That led to the longest strike in the transport sector in France in decades.

Unions are looking for a second wave of mobilization as the protest movement recedes.

“At the heart of the Louvre pyramid, where the President of the Republic Emmanuel Macron chose to be installed, a trade union front was formed against his disastrous tendencies regarding retirement,” said a statement from the union coordination committee opposing the government project.

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“Our move comes to stand with all the striking workers who are fighting for a decent life in this country,” the statement continued.

About 187,000 people participated Thursday in the sixth day of the nationwide protest against reform, according to the Interior Ministry, while 452,000 people participated in similar demonstrations on January 10.

The reform aims to adopt a unified pension system in place of the 42 existing systems that allow early exit into retirement and other benefits for public sector employees as well as lawyers, physiotherapists and even Paris Opera workers.

Critics of the government project say it will force millions of employees to work longer and charge less pension.

The Louvre, which received 9.6 million visitors last year, was forced to close some galleries last month due to the strike.

/ AFP

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