Now the Louvre and Versailles Also Closed by French Museum Strike

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A striking employee, seen, outside the Louvre museum in Paris, Thursday, Dec. 3, 2009. The Royal Palace at Versailles also was closed to visitors because of a museum workers' strike that has disrupted the Louvre and other French tourist attractions. / AP Photo/Remy de la Mauviniere.

PARIS (AP).- The Louvre Museum and the royal palace
at Versailles were closed Thursday because of a French museum workers’ strike
that appears to be gathering steam.
Frustrated tourists gathered
outside the landmark pyramid in the courtyard of the Louvre, blocked off by
workers. They are protesting government plans not to replace half of retiring
public servants, which will affect the country’s national museums. The
strike began at the Pompidou Center for Modern Art last month and workers at
other national museums joined in Wednesday.