Pickpocketing gangs cause Louvre strike

Gangs of young pickpockets have forced the closure of the Louvre museum in Paris.The culture ministry has pledged to investigate.

Employees went on strike to protest against the presence of “increasingly numerous and aggressive” pickpockets who, they complained, were targeting both visitors and staff. Around 100 workers marched to the ministry of culture, in Palais Royal, to demand tougher government action yesterday.

“The staff can’t stand it any longer,” said Christelle Guyader of union federation, SUD. “They have been coming to work with fear in their bellies.”


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