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Louvre, Versailles to turn off lights earlier in energy savings push

PARIS (AFP) – France’s famed Louvre and Versailles museums will turn off their lights earlier as a symbolic measure to remind the public of the energy crisis sparked by the Ukraine war, the Culture Minister said yesterday.

The city of Paris announced earlier this week it would start switching off the ornamental lights that grace city monuments it manages hours earlier than usual, plunging the Eiffel Tower and other landmarks into darkness to cope with surging electricity costs.

French Culture Minister Rima Abdul Malak said yesterday the Louvre Pyramid would follow suit, going dark at 11pm instead of 1am.

The facade at the Chateau de Versailles, southwest of Paris will switch off its lights an hour earlier, at 10pm.

“Symbols are very important to raise public awareness,” she said, adding that symbolic measures alone will not be enough to bring down electricity usage.

She urged French cultural institutions to take energy saving methods like those taken by the Orsay Museum in Paris, which “reduced its energy consumption by a third just by changing bulbs and switching to LED”, she said.

The Louvre museum in Paris. PHOTO: AP

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