by Christopher Freeburn | April 11, 2013 11:23 am
Paris’ Louvre was closed on Wednesday because of rising thefts at the iconic museum.
However, no paintings or statues have gone missing. The museum had to shut down after its staff went on strike over gangs of pickpockets who prey on museum visitors, the Guardian noted.
More than 100 museum workers walked off their job, warning that the pickpockets had become so aggressive that they were even targeting staff members.
The Louvre has increased police presence in its galleries and has banned known pickpockets. However, the workers say that the gangs include minors and have become violent.
Staff protests over other issues have closed the museum twice before, in 2001 and 2009.
Roughly 10 million people visited the Louvre last year. The museum was scheduled to resume operation on Thursday.
Last month, New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art was sued over potentially deceptive admission fee policies.
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