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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Culture Workers Strike




PARIS -- Workers at France's most visited museums and monuments vowed Friday to continue their 10-day-old strike, setting the stage for a lengthy conflict just as summer tourists flood the French capital.


Union leaders met with representatives from the Culture Ministry Friday, but left without an agreement.


The strike has closed the Louvre, the Orsay Museum, the Arc de Triomphe, the Pantheon and the National Archives in Paris. Workers at the Chateau de Versailles have allowed tourists to visit the former royal palace for free. Museums, castles and monuments are shut in other parts of France as well.


The workers are demanding the government hire 1,000 more people to cope with growing numbers of visitors. They also want an end to a system of temporary job contracts they say deprives employees of job security.