Visitors to Paris’ Louvre museum warned to buy tickets in advance

Anyone planning a visit to Paris' Louvre museum has been warned to book in advance - as the museum is increasingly too full to accept visitors without a pre-booked ticket.

Visitors to Paris' Louvre museum warned to buy tickets in advance
tourists waiting in line to enter the Louvre. Photo: AFP

The Louvre has warned visitors that buying tickets online in advance is the only way of guaranteeing entry to the famous museum.

The 'museum full' signs have been seen outside the entrance as early as 9am some days, to the frustration of many tourists.

The Louvre Museum has seen big increases in attendances recently, with over 10 million visitors a year.

Tourists fighting the heat while waiting in line. Photo: AFP

In May this year it closed due to strikes by the museum staff who claimed that the museum is 'suffocating' from the enormous amount of visits it is receiving, which left the tourists waiting in line in huge disappointment. 


If you are an aspiring visitor to the Louvre museum, make sure to buy your ticket online in advance through the museum's website as it will save you a lot of time and trouble. 

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Striking workers block Paris airport terminal, flights delayed

Striking airport workers have blocked part Paris’s Charles de Gaulle airport, with some flights already delayed by at least one hour.

Striking workers block Paris airport terminal, flights delayed
Striking airport workers outside Charles-de-Gaulle airport in Paris. Photo: Geoffroy van der Hasselt | AFP

Last month, trade unions representing workers at the Aéroports de Paris (ADP) – the city’s Charles-de-Gaulle-Roissy and Orly airports – called for a strike between July 1st and July 5th in an ongoing dispute between French airport workers and bosses over contract renegotiations.

A second wave of protests are expected next week, after a strike notice was filed for July 9th.

Tensions mounted on Friday morning as some 400 protesters staged a raucous demonstration at CDG’s terminal 2E, which mostly deals with flights outside the Schengen zone, as police officers looked on.

At Orly airport, meanwhile, some 250 people demonstrated “outside”, while a small group was inside.

The dispute is over a long-term plan by ADP to bring in new work contracts for employees at the airports, which unions say will lower pay, job losses and a reduction in rights and bonuses for employees.

The strike is being jointly called by the CGT, CFE-CGE, Unsa, CFDT and FO unions, who said in a joint press release that the proposals will “definitively remove more than a month’s salary from all employees and force them to accept geographical mobility that will generate additional commuting time”.

Unions say that staff face dismissal if they do not sign the new contracts.

ADP said on Wednesday that it expected ‘slight delays for some flights but no cancellations’ to services – but it urged travellers to follow its social media operations for real-time updates.

On Thursday, the first day of action, 30 percent of flights were delayed between 15 minutes and half-an-hour.

ADP’s CEO Augustin de Romanet had said on Tuesday that ‘everything would be done to ensure no flight is cancelled’. 

ADP reported a loss of €1.17 billion in 2020. 

Stressing that discussions are continuing over the proposed new contracts, the CEO called for “an effort of solidarity, with a red line: no forced layoffs.”