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Demonstrators at the Louvre Protest Museum’s Relationship to Oil Conglomerate

PARIS, FRANCE–The French newsmagazine Le Point has reported that environmental activists staged an event at the Louvre on March 5 to protest the Total Foundation’s financial support of the museum. The foundation, which helps to fund various kinds of scientific research as well as many cultural projects, is an arm of Total S.A., a multinational petroleum corporation based in France.

About thirty activists lined up on the staircase surrounding the museum’s Winged Victory of Samothrace statue to line the area with black fabric—symbolically representing oil—and let loose a cascade of fliers which read, “Total supports the Louvre / The Louvre supports Total—#zerofossile.” The performance lasted about three minutes. The American nonprofit 350.org started a campaign in January demanding that the Louvre put an end to its relationship with Total. Le Point tried contacting the museum for a comment, but could not get any response.

The foundation has been a partner of the museum for twenty years. 350.org, which is made up of other pro-climate organizations such as Alternatiba, Greenpeace, and Friends of the Earth, take responsibility for ending Tate Britain’s relationship with British Petroleum.

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March 8, 2017