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French Strikes May Lead to Museums' Closure

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The Louvre, chateau of Versailles, Notre Dame and other cultural sites may shut down next week due to strikes.

According to the AFP, workers want French President Nicholas Sarkozy's government to abandon plans to reduce cultural subsidies and hire fewer workers. The president wants to cut payroll costs by replacing only one out of every two retiring civil servants.

Unions say those cuts would cripple museums. Workers at the Pompidou Modern Art Centre in Paris have already gone on strike, and workers at other cultural establishments will meet Thursday to determine if they should follow suit.

Union officials say more than 25,000 workers across France will be taking part in next week's strike meetings.