Versailles closed as French museum strike spreads

A sign announcing a strike is placed on the Orsay Museum in Paris, Wednesday Dec. 2, 2009 as some of the French capital's most important museums including the Pompidou center and the Musee d'Orsay are closed because of a strike.

December 3, 2009 6:22:34 AM PST
The royal palace at Versailles is closed to visitors because of a museum workers' strike that has disrupted the Louvre and other French tourist attractions.

A Versailles official says the chateau, which normally gets thousands of visitors daily, is closed Thursday for lack of enough personnel. The extensive gardens beneath the chateau west of Paris remain open.

An official at the Louvre said the museum opened late Thursday as a result of the strike and only part of its vast collection is accessible.

Both officials were not authorized to be named according to their museums' policy.

Strikers are protesting government plans not to replace half of retiring public servants, which will affect the country's national museums.