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LOUVRE MUSEUM REOPENS AFTER WORKERS SUSPEND STRIKE

The Louvre Museum reopened Saturday after a strike by workers protesting the way France's shortened workweek has been implemented had kept it shut for eight days.

Unionized workers at the museum agreed to suspend their strike at a general assembly meeting Saturday, union leaders said.

The union vote came after a Paris court ruled Friday that the strike was unauthorized and said the government could remove striking workers who had blocked entry to the museum.

The museum is one of many Paris tourist sites -- including the Orsay Museum and the Arc de Triomphe -- that has been closed because of a 20-day-old strike by Culture Ministry workers.

The Socialist government of Prime Minister Lionel Jospin introduced a new law that reduced the workweek from 39 hours to 35 hours. Museum workers say they cannot take off the extra time that is owed to them because no one has been hired to fill the gaps.

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