Activists of the climate cause, all dressed in black, were lying Monday morning in front of "The Raft of the Jellyfish", in one of the busiest rooms of the Louvre, to protest against the patronage of Total in favor of the Paris museum, noted an AFP journalist.
The visitors were evacuated to other rooms after about ten minutes, while the protesters remained on the ground, to "symbolize the victims of the oil activities "according to the NGO 350.org
The dozen people had arrived quietly shortly after 10:30, then they lie down, gently, in front of the famous table Géricault, chanting slogans against the action of the oil group . They stayed there for about two hours, before leaving the premises themselves.
The Louvre, questioned by AFP, confirmed the evacuation of visitors from the room, then the departure of the activists from their full Without the intervention of security guards or law enforcement officers.
A year ago, about thirty militants had laid a carpet of black fabrics at the foot of the Victory of Samothrace, forming an "oil river" symbolic, accompanied by leaflets "Total supports the Louvre / The Louvre supports Total – #zerofossile".
A few months later, the external basins were victims of a "spill", after adding a black dye "100 % natural "according to the organizers.
This campaign" Let's liberate the Louvre ", launched by a collective of associations led by 350.org, asks the museum to put an end to its partnership with the Total Foundation, on behalf of the fight against climate change, fossil fuels – ch Arbon, oil, gas – being largely responsible for the greenhouse gases that cause global warming.
"More and more communities will be pushed into exile as the impacts of climate change continue to increase" explains the collective Monday. "As a transmission belt between civilizations and cultures, but also as a place of education, the partnership with Total contradicts the museum's ambition to build bridges between past civilizations and current generations." 19659002] Total has been a partner of the Louvre for about 20 years. In a response sent in January 2017 to the head of 350.org France, the president of the museum Jean-Luc Martinez detailed his actions (support for exhibitions, renovations, cultural education, social action), evoking a "decisive financial support." 19659002] Other cultural institutions have already been targeted by this campaign, such as the London Tate, which ended up giving up BP's support in 2016.