PARIS – The world’s most visited museum, The Louvre in Paris, has reopened on Saturday (Jan 18) after it was forced to shut by workers striking over the French government’s plans to overhaul the country’s pension system.
Last Friday, hundreds of disappointed visitors crowded outside the Louvre, some hurling insults at the dozens of protesters blocking the entrance, AFP reported.
It was the first time since the strike broke out on Dec 5 that the museum was forced to shut completely, although it had to close some galleries last month.
Union leaders are seeking to widen opposition to pension reforms proposed by President Emmanuel Macron's government, and have triggered the longest transport strike in France in decades.
The Louvre, which lies near the banks of the Seine, received 9.6 million visitors last year, most of them foreigners including Americans, Chinese and Europeans.