From Coal to Culture: Louvre Museum at Lens Site Inaugurated

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LENS, FRANCE (AP).- It’s an abandoned coal mining site in a depressed corner of northern France that was pummeled by the two world wars. Soon, a branch of the Louvre Museum will rise up on this unlikely site. Work is to start soon on a sleek glass-and-aluminum building that will house hundreds of the Louvre’s treasures, from Egyptian artifacts to Renaissance paintings to Islamic art. Culture Minister Frederic Mitterrand