Tech & Science : Energy crisis: Versailles and the Louvre plunged earlier in the dark

The Louvre Museum and the Palace of Versailles are also switching off their lighting early

  The Louvre Museum and the Palace of Versailles are also switching off their lighting early The French Minister of Culture, Rima Abdul Malak, announced Saturday that both the pyramid of the Louvre Museum and the Palace of Versailles will turn off their lighting early, as already announced for the Eiffel Tower, in a "symbolic measure" to encourage energy savings. © Provided by News 360 French Minister of Culture Rima Abdul Malak - VINCENT ISORE / ZUMA PRESS / CONTACTOPHOTO "We are going to turn off the Louvre's pyramid earlier, starting tonight. Instead of turning off its pyramid at 1:00 a.m., the Louvre will turn it off" at 11:00 p.m., Abdul Malak explained in an interview on France 2.

Après la tour Eiffel, c'est le Louvre et Versailles qui vont avancer l'extinction de leur éclairage, une mesure © Joel Saget After the Eiffel Tower, it is the Louvre and Versailles which will advance the extinction of their lighting, a "symbolic" measure to raise awareness Population to the energy crisis

after the Eiffel Tower, it is the Louvre and Versailles which will advance the extinction of their lighting, a "symbolic" measure to raise awareness of the energy crisis, said Culture Minister Rima on Saturday Abdul Malak.

"From this (Saturday) evening", the Louvre pyramid will be extinct at 11:00 pm instead of 1:00 am, said the minister on France 2, in the wake of the similar measures taken by the city of Paris which decided this week to dive the Eiffel Tower earlier in the dark and the town hall.

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"We will also turn off the facade of the Palace of Versailles at 10:00 pm instead of 11:00 p.m. next week," she added.

"Symbols are important to raise awareness of the population," she said, while adding that "these symbolic measures" were not enough.

She called for more concrete measures for ecological transition in museums, cinemas, theaters and "all the cultural places in France".

The Musée d'Orsay for example "has reduced its energy consumption just by changing the bulbs and going to LEDs with a third party. We try to do it in all museums. Change the boilers, replace them by Heat pumps etc ... ", argued the minister.

With the cinemas, "we discuss the replacement of their spotlights".

"If they go to the laser projectors, they can divide their energy consumption by seven," said Abdul Malak.

The mayor of Paris Anne Hidalgo announced this week measures such as the drop in ornamental lighting or temperatures of buildings and swimming pools to reduce energy consumption in the capital by 10%, or "the objective requested at the national level ".

Energy prices have exploded in recent months, against the backdrop of the Russian invasion of Ukraine, and in many countries, individuals, businesses or public organizations seek to reduce their consumption.

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