The Louvre and Versailles will turn off lights earlier as part of an energy-saving campaign

The lights of the Louvre pyramid will be extinguished two hours earlier as a symbolic gesture.

Joel SAGET

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France’s famous Louvre and Versailles museums will turn off their lights earlier as a symbolic measure to remind the public of the energy crisis triggered by the war in Ukraine, the culture minister said on Saturday.

The city of Paris announced earlier this week that it would begin turning off the ornamental lights that adorn the city’s landmarks it runs hours earlier than usual, plunging the Eiffel Tower and other landmarks into the darkness to deal with soaring electricity costs.

French Culture Minister Rima Abdul Malak said on Saturday that the Louvre pyramid would follow suit, darkening at 11 p.m. instead of 1 a.m.

The facade of the Palace of Versailles, south-west of Paris, will turn off its lights one hour earlier, at 10:00 p.m.

“Symbols are very important for raising awareness,” she said, adding that symbolic measures alone would not be enough to lower electricity consumption.

She urged French cultural institutions to adopt energy-saving methods like those taken by the Musée d’Orsay in Paris, which “cut its energy consumption by a third simply by changing light bulbs and switching to LEDs,” she said.

She also said discussions were underway with cinemas to replace their projectors. “If they switched to laser projectors, they could cut their energy consumption by seven.”

Energy prices across Europe have soared in recent months, in part due to turmoil in energy markets caused by Russia’s war in Ukraine and the resulting sanctions imposed on Russia. , one of the main energy producers.

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