By Evie Carrick
May 29, 2019
The Louvre
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The Louvre is the most visited museum in the world, so crowds and lines are the norm. However, everything has its limits, and that limit was exceeded on Monday when museum staff walked out due to overcrowding and poor treatment by tourists. The museum, which is closed on Tuesdays, reopened on Wednesday.

Pierre Zinenberg, a Louvre employee and union representative told The Associated Press that tourist aggression to employees stationed near the Mona Lisa is a major problem. Due to renovation work around the famous painting, there have been space constraints, long queues, and organizational problems — and frustrated tourists are taking it out on the staff.

According to The Associated Press, unions say that the number of visitors to the Louvre has increased 20 percent over the last decade as the number of staff members has decreased.

After the walkout on Monday, union representatives met with management on Wednesday to discuss solutions to ease traffic flow. The museum was reopened to the public on Wednesday at 11 a.m. — two hours after its regular 9 a.m. opening time. The museum’s standard operating hours are expected to resume.