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Wednesday, 13 October 2010

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A painting that is probably not in the Louvre.

Some of the world's greatest paintings have helped to avert a new Revolution on the streets of Paris.

Thousands of strikers protesting over the French government's pension plans gathered in the capital yesterday.

When the cry "à La Bastille!" went up, it was pointed out that the ancient prison no longer existed.

After discussions, strike organisers decided instead to attack another symbol of bourgeois Paris, the Louvre art museum.

Said strike leader Pierre Frénètique: "We agreed that the Louvre should be stormed, so we sent the protestors down there, while we in the strike committee headed to our HQ to monitor their progress and deal with, er, important other business."

However, after a couple of hours, it was clear that authorities at the Louvre were not reporting any attacks.

"We sent an observer down there," Frénètique added. "She found groups of strikers milling around paintings, listening to tour guides or to those little telephone things that tell you about what you're looking at."

Striker Merielle Laboutin had come from Lyon to join the strike. She said: "We got in there and just fell in love with the paintings. We had no idea.

"I was particularly taken with the Poussins - I love what he could do with light. That Arcadian Shepherds is lovely - and it poses interesting human questions.

"There were so many of us so some groups broke away and went off down to the Musée D'Orsay to look at more modern work. It was rather a lovely day. I know that many of us are now thinking of taking courses in art history."

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