Article published on the 2009-12-03 Latest update 2009-12-03 13:47 TU
Visitors to Paris's Pompidou Centre (Beaubourg) find the doors looked due to a strike by personnel
Other Paris museums and monuments affected include:
Some monuments outside Paris were closed Thursday, including the château of Azay-le-Rideau in the Loire valley.
Culture Minister Frédéric Mitterrand gave no hope for a speedy end to the dispute on Wednesday.
After a two-hour meeting with union representatives, he declared: "The reform must be implemented."
All seven unions with members employed by the ministry are backing the strike. They complained that Mitterrand had turned a deaf ear to their case at the meeting.
The strike is in opposition to the policy of replacing only half of all retiring civil servants.