Museum workers on strike in Paris!!

Old May 31st, 1999, 07:44 AM
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Museum workers on strike in Paris!!

We just returned from Paris yesterday. Trip was great, but a few words of caution. After careful planning, agenda was modified by the fact that the employees of the Ministry of Cullture are on STRIKE!! The museums are closed. This strike began on the 20th or so of May. There has not been a settlement yet. You can go the the Arc of Triumph but not up to the top. Notre Dame is open because it is an operating Church. Definetly closed areicasso Museum, Cluny Museum, Pantheon, Orsay Museum and Louve. We did get into the Museum L'Orangerie. Well worth it, as there is a collection of Monets gathered from around the world to display with the permanent ones there. The temporary collection runs from May 1 - August 1. Also while we were there, the Baggage Handlers at the Airport are on stike too. Any other questions??
Old Jun 2nd, 1999, 07:14 AM
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Thanks for the info on the museum strike, as we will be leaving for Paris on the 10th. What affect did the Baggage Handlers strike have at the airport? Any advice?
Old Jun 2nd, 1999, 11:09 AM
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Just returned from Paris, add to the list of museums closed the Concierge,St. Chapelle, and the Invalides. However, not closed are the Rodin which is well worth the price of admission, Versailles, and Giverny. My recommendation is to NOT buy a museum card as it seems the strike is day by day. For example, the Louvre was actually opened on one day, a Monday, which was a National Holiday, but closed thereafter. We were told that you had to contact each museum individually to find out if they were closed. Notre Dame is not included in the strike, however, you cannot climb up the towers as they are under renovation. The Picasso was also opened on the National Holiday, but closed after. The Grand Carnavalet was opened. If you are a Monet fan, do not miss the exhibit at the L'Orangerie. From 10 - 1 you need reservations which grant you immediate admission to the exhibit. Reservations must be made 48 hours in advance at the Paris Tourist Office on the Champs Elysees. It is here that you can also find out what is on strike each day. After 1pm, the general public is admitted to the Monet exhibit, you just wait on line outside the museum. Don't be put off, the line moves quickly. What holds it up is that guards go through your bags and you have to go through a metal detector. PS, after this exhibit is over, the L'Orangerie will be closed until 2001 for renovation.
Old Jun 2nd, 1999, 11:17 AM
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Add a surprise metro strike to the troubles in Paris. Apparently there wasa walkout by the metro workers today. They are hoping for a quick settlement, and it sounds like it will be day to day. You can find more info at the CNN website under the travel section.
Old Jun 2nd, 1999, 01:47 PM
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A current newstory off the AP wire. Hopefully the strike will be resolved soon, but . . . I'd check on-line before leaving for Paris. May have to re-evaluate your 'to do' list.

JUNE 02, 16:30 EDT
Museum Workers Protest in Paris
PARIS (AP) Hundreds of striking museum workers demonstrated Wednesday in Paris as major museums and national attractions remained closed for a 15th day with no sign that their doors would soon reopen.
The workers want the French government to increase the number of museum employees in order to cope with growing numbers of visitors. They also want permanent contracts for 2,000 temporary employees.
The Louvre, the Orsay museum with its prized collection of Impressionist paintings, the Picasso Museum and the Arc de Triomphe were among the museums and monuments closed Wednesday by the strike.
Some 850 demonstrators shouting ``Jobs for culture!'' marched from the Pompidou Center on the Right Bank to Prime Minister Lionel Jospin's offices across the Seine River. Later, a delegation held a disappointing meeting with a Jospin aide.
``There is nothing,'' union leader Nelly Ellasi said. ``That means a return to work is absolutely not on the agenda.''
Old Jun 4th, 1999, 04:48 AM
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Lou, The airport had made arrangements with rented vans to transport luggage to the planes and our bags were in Miami as promised. The small inconvenience, you have to carry your own luggage over to a cart and load it for the van to pick up instaed of turning it over at the ticket counter. Not a problem and I wouldn't complain since our bags still got to our connection on Londan and back to Miami.
Considering that the Museum workers and Metro strike also, its just one more reason to pack light.

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