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Workers at the Louvre Museum in Paris teamed up with pension reform protesters to block the entrance to the museum on Monday. France has been consumed by protests and riots since the government hiked the retirement age earlier this month.

Dozens of protesters, many of them Louvre employees, gathered outside the glass pyramid holding trade union flags. The demonstration stopped tourists from visiting the museum, which houses priceless artworks such as Leonardo da Vinci’s ‘Mona Lisa’ and Caravaggio’s ‘Death of the Virgin’.

More widespread demonstrations are planned for Tuesday, but as the museum is usually closed on Tuesdays, staff there demonstrated a day early. Video footage shared online showed small groups of protesters walking through the museum’s subterranean entrance hall.

“Join us to support the Mona Lisa on strike,” the CGT trade union declared on Twitter. A follow-up tweet by the union featured an image of an aged and wrinkled Mona Lisa, with a caption reading “64, it’s a no!”

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Cities across France have been rocked by protests – some of them devolving into rioting and arson – since President Emmanuel Macron’s government bypassed parliament to pass a bill raising the retirement age for most workers from 62 to 64.

More than a million people took to the streets last Thursday, according to government figures. In Paris, hundreds were arrested after clashing with riot police and setting fires in the streets of the capital.

Macron has insisted that he will press ahead with his reforms. Talks between Prime Minister Elizabeth Borne and labor unions and opposition politicians began this week, but like Macron, Borne has stressed that the government has no intention of abandoning the legislation. (RT)