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Paris Louvre Museum Closes as Staff Protests Epidemic of Pickpocketing
TIME ^ | 04/11/2013 | By Olivia B. Waxman

Posted on 04/11/2013 2:58:26 PM PDT by SeekAndFind

The world’s most visited art museum is dealing with an influx of unwelcome visitors.

A staff walkout over the rise of pickpockets forced the Louvre in Paris to shut its doors Wednesday, Agence France-Presse reports.

Workers say that thieves have been showing up at the museum in gangs of up to 30 — primarily made up of young Eastern Europeans — and are responsible for incidents of “spitting, insults, threats” and striking employees and visitors.

Staffers “come to work afraid because they find themselves confronted with organized groups of pickpockets who are increasingly aggressive and which include children, who get into the museum free and even when taken in for questioning by police, come back a few days later,” Christelle Guyader, a representative for the network of trade unions Solidaires Unitaires Démocratiques (SUD), told the AFP.

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TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: france; louvre; museum; pickpocket

1 posted on 04/11/2013 2:58:26 PM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

And people wonder why I’ll never visit France.


2 posted on 04/11/2013 2:59:45 PM PDT by TheRhinelander
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To: SeekAndFind
Isn't Le Louvre a living and breathing museum that can get with the times? Just needs to switch out some old renaissance stuff for the new...


3 posted on 04/11/2013 3:02:54 PM PDT by C210N (When people fear government there is tyranny; when government fears people there is liberty)
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To: SeekAndFind
IMAGES OF THE LOUVRE MUSEUEM







4 posted on 04/11/2013 3:03:48 PM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: TheRhinelander
Don't bother... been there once and once was enough. They positively HATE Americans. We saved their butts TWICE and they still hate us. Some creative FR needs to post a picture of a monkey with a white flag.

One More thing, Charles Degal (sp?) Airport is the worst airport I have ever been in, in my entire life, and that is saying a lot.

My heart goes out to the families who lost brave GI's taking France back from the Germans... what a waste.

5 posted on 04/11/2013 3:05:51 PM PDT by Jmouse007 (Lord deliver us from evil, in Jesus name, amen.)
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To: C210N

This lady will always be the star of the museum (just watch your pocket while you are enjoying the picture)



6 posted on 04/11/2013 3:07:00 PM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: Jmouse007

Judging the French based on Parisians is like judging Americans based on New Yorkers.


7 posted on 04/11/2013 3:08:39 PM PDT by Atlas Sneezed (Universal Background Check -> Registration -> Confiscation -> Oppression -> Extermination)
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To: SeekAndFind
The vote was unanimous....with one abstention...


8 posted on 04/11/2013 3:09:22 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: SeekAndFind

My B.I.L. had his wallet stolen on the Paris subway.

Interestingly, the French cops recovered it with the money still in it. They turned it over to the American Embassy.


9 posted on 04/11/2013 3:11:18 PM PDT by yarddog (Truth, Justice, and what was once the American Way.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Gypsys, tramps, and thieves
We’d hear it from the people of the town
They’d call us Gypsys, tramps, and thieves
But every night all the men would come around
And lay their money down


10 posted on 04/11/2013 3:19:10 PM PDT by TurboZamboni (Marx smelled bad & lived with his parents most his life.)
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To: TurboZamboni
GYPSY COMMUNITY IN NANTES

11 posted on 04/11/2013 3:23:06 PM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

My guess: Gypsies. It sounds like their M.O. by having children along for the ride.


12 posted on 04/11/2013 3:23:16 PM PDT by roostercashews (Having a gun doesn't make you safer, but knowing how to use one does.)
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To: Jmouse007

We spent several weeks in Paris and the Loire Valley last year. The French couldn’t have been nicer or more helpful. And that included a trip to the emergency room.

Moreover, practically everyone spoke some English.

I don’t know how the “French hate Americans” meme got started, but in my experience, it’s not true.


13 posted on 04/11/2013 3:27:08 PM PDT by Blue Ink
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To: Mushroom Gravy

That is for sure. The Parisians hate everybody including their fellow French. I was in the south of France and they were all very courteous and friendly. They hated the Parisians as well.


14 posted on 04/11/2013 3:29:57 PM PDT by Francis McClobber
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To: Mushroom Gravy

I was in Paris once and couldn’t find a rude Frog to save my life. It wasn’t Disney (what do they give those people?) but, at the very least, it was better than NYC or Atlanta.

My sister DID manage to find the worst Greek restaurant in Paris, though...


15 posted on 04/11/2013 3:31:54 PM PDT by Little Ray (How did I end up in this hand-basket, and why is it getting so hot?)
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Hate FReepathons?
Why Not End Them?


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16 posted on 04/11/2013 3:37:19 PM PDT by DJ MacWoW (My faith and politics cannot be separated)
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To: SeekAndFind

I’m glad that I visited Paris when it was still relatively safe, and unpolluted by human detritus.


17 posted on 04/11/2013 3:38:23 PM PDT by Windflier (To anger a conservative, tell him a lie. To anger a liberal, tell him the truth.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Thanks for the good pictures ... now I’ve seen all I need to of the Louvre and don’t have to visit France!


18 posted on 04/11/2013 3:52:15 PM PDT by Fast Moving Angel (A moral wrong is not a civil right: No religious sanction of an irreligious act.)
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To: SeekAndFind

LMBO!!
Diversity is their strength!


19 posted on 04/11/2013 3:54:06 PM PDT by Lancey Howard
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To: C210N


20 posted on 04/11/2013 3:58:52 PM PDT by Lancey Howard
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To: roostercashews

I guess the press can’t say gypsies, instead they have to use “east Europeans”. LOL

A bunch of gypsies tried to take my wallet in a Barcelona subway. I grabbed one of them and held him against the train until someone gave me the wallet back. I checked the wallet as they were going away and noticed all the credit cards were there but the 20 or so Euros were gone. So I grabbed the nearest one and made them give me back the money. Later that day I realized I should have made them give me back extra money! oh well. I had so much fun the next few times I was in Europe I trolled through dark streets trying to repeat this to no avail.


21 posted on 04/11/2013 4:01:54 PM PDT by RadiationRomeo (Step into my mind and glimpse the madness that is me)
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To: SeekAndFind

I’ve been to Paris many times since I work for a French company. I have only been accosted by a pickpocket once.

The event occurred when I stupidly attempted to negotiate the subway with luggage with both hands full. RULE 1: Always have one hand free!

Fortunately, I recognized the attack when one guy rolled a coin on the floor impeding my path right after I entered the coach. I immediately dropped my bags and pushed the guy down the guy in front. I then slapped my hand OVER the hand in my back pocket. I did not release until I was yelling so that everyone would be watching as the guy removed his hand, empty. I turned on the guy behind me and he tried to act innocent. I then pushed him out of the car by popping him in the chest with both hands just before the doors closed. A non-uniformed policeman with a hand radio ran up and asked me if I was O.K through the window before the train pulled away. I told him I had everything. Meanwhile, my son watched the guy in front exit the car from another door.

Aside from that, I had not been accosted in Paris. Most of the thefts reported by my colleagues have occurred in Milan. One guy I was traveling with in Milan was robbed three times in one trip over a four week period!


22 posted on 04/11/2013 4:02:02 PM PDT by the_Watchman
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To: Jmouse007

Yeah, I curse the high command to this very day from varying from the Moltke’s plan. It would have worked. They should have simply bypassed the Belgian forts. Oh well, what they couldn’t take my gun they took by checkbook. Tee hee!


23 posted on 04/11/2013 4:07:51 PM PDT by TheRhinelander
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To: TheRhinelander

*by


24 posted on 04/11/2013 4:08:37 PM PDT by TheRhinelander
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To: SeekAndFind

French police must be going soft, seriously soft. IIRC, they were known as mean when crossed, and French prisons were deliberately made barely survivable.

Oh, I remember! Rails were installed on all French police station stairways, which reduced the number of suspects falling down the stairs (sometimes repeatedly).


25 posted on 04/11/2013 4:09:30 PM PDT by GladesGuru (In a society predicated upon freedom, it is necessary to examine principles."..)
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To: GladesGuru

I saw a video a few years back, maybe on “60 minutes”. They showed a uniformed French cop literally kicking a Gypsy off a train or maybe it was a subway. I mean he put his boot right on the guys ass.


26 posted on 04/11/2013 4:21:59 PM PDT by yarddog (Truth, Justice, and what was once the American Way.)
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To: RadiationRomeo

A bunch of gypsies tried to take my wallet in a Barcelona subway. I grabbed one of them and held him against the train until someone gave me the wallet back. I checked the wallet as they were going away and noticed all the credit cards were there but the 20 or so Euros were gone. So I grabbed the nearest one and made them give me back the money. Later that day I realized I should have made them give me back extra money! oh well. I had so much fun the next few times I was in Europe I trolled through dark streets trying to repeat this to no avail.


You are lucky none of them threatened you with a knife when you grabbed one of them.


27 posted on 04/11/2013 4:22:25 PM PDT by aviator (Armored Pest Control)
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To: Blue Ink

I’ve been to France over 60 times in my life, with only 1 bad experience.


28 posted on 04/11/2013 4:31:29 PM PDT by ImaGraftedBranch (...By reading this, you've collapsed my wave function. Thanks.)
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To: Mushroom Gravy

Thank you for pointing this out. The French do *not* hate Americans.


29 posted on 04/11/2013 4:58:01 PM PDT by dinodino
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To: SeekAndFind

“Young eastern Europeans” - code for Amish?


30 posted on 04/11/2013 5:02:05 PM PDT by Some Fat Guy in L.A. (Still bitterly clinging to rational thought despite it's unfashionability)
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To: SeekAndFind
I have been to Paris twice and both times had a wonderful time. During my first trip in 1972 I did find some Frenchmen not having anything good to say about Americans. However, I speak French and that changed everything. I had some fun conversations in local bistros and found the French to be warm and welcoming. My second trip in 2006 was also enjoyable and I found that far more ordinary people spoke quite good English, however speaking reasonably good French opens lots of doors.

On occasion I run across French speaking tourists in this country. I feel sorry for them as many Americans treat them very poorly and very few Americans have any reasonable knowledge of any foreign language let alone French. I go out of my way to speak to them in French and make them feel welcome in my country.

31 posted on 04/11/2013 5:02:40 PM PDT by The Great RJ
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To: Jmouse007
Had to change planes at de Gaulle one vacation, each way, and always ended up worse off, seat-wise. Not France's problem...

However, in rushing off one plane to find the gate for our final leg home, the handful of uniformed people we tried to ask in English shrugged with Gallic indifference. Granted, I could have thought to remember enough of my HS French to utter "gat un-quatre" or whatever it was.

Still...

32 posted on 04/11/2013 5:10:10 PM PDT by Calvin Locke
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To: SeekAndFind

All European cities have been injected with tens of millions of Third worlders. Most of the cities in England now have non-British majorities. This is all deliberate policy by the Globalists to dilute and displace the native European populations and replace them with a people unable and unwilling to resist their planned demolition of Western Civilization.


33 posted on 04/11/2013 5:29:53 PM PDT by Count of Monte Fisto
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To: Count of Monte Fisto

Gypsies in Roma were the worst, cried, wailed when the Caribinieriwould roust em. Only got picked oncein all my voyages, lil rats in Romania, front pocket too.


34 posted on 04/11/2013 5:35:44 PM PDT by wxgesr (I want to be the first person to surf on another planet.)
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To: Some Fat Guy in L.A.

Just shoot them; it’ll end very quickly.


35 posted on 04/11/2013 5:35:54 PM PDT by carriage_hill (The most insidious power the news media has, is the power to ignore.)
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