Louvre closes over pickpockets

Posted Apr 10, 2013 by Layne Weiss
One of the world's most renowned museums, Paris's Louvre, did not open its doors Wednesday because its staff protested over pickpockets.
The Mona Lisa
The Mona Lisa
Louvre Museum
According to BBC News, Louvre staff said the thieves, some of which were children, had been targeting both employees and tourists.
Two hundred workers were involved in a strike organized by France's SUD union.
The child thieves are able to get into the museum for free, The Telegraph reports.
They open with the line, "Do you speak English?" and then surround the victims, taking their money and other belongings.
This sort of problem has been amplifying all over Paris, but the Louvre is a particularly new favorite hunting ground for pickpockets despite tighter precautions being taken between museum management and French police.
According to The Guardian, the Louvre had 10 million visitors last year. Around 30,000 people a day would visit to see works such as Leonardo Da Vinci's Mona Lisa.
A spokesman said "business meetings" would take place to try and find a solution to the pickpocket problem, BBC News reports.
Staff had been coming to work "afraid," Christelle Guyadar of SUD said.
As of right now, plans are for the museum to reopen Thursday, The Guardian reports.