The Petit Palais freely accessible without reservation throughout the summer

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4/7/24 - Museums - Paris, Petit Palais - The obligation to book admission to the Louvre, including for Friends of the Louvre and free admission holders, between 2 July and 5 September (see article), becomes more and more incomprehensible the further we investigate.
Yesterday we asked the Petit Palais what restrictions would be imposed on visitors this summer because of the Olympic Games, but we were unable to receive their reply in time to include it in our article. The answer is extremely clear. Reservations will not be required and the Petit Palais will only be closed for two half-days, on the morning of 14 July and from 2pm on the day of the opening ceremony.


The Petit Palais, in the middle of a red zone and bordered
by a grey zone, and yet no reservation is required
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However, not only is the Musée du Petit Palais entirely in a red zone, but it also adjoins a grey zone to the west, the most restrictive in terms of security, whereas the Louvre (including its entrances) is not in any restricted zone, and is only partly (without access) in a red zone.
Finally, some might argue that since the museum is free and has no paying exhibitions during the period, the situation is different from that of the Louvre. They would be wrong, of course, because the Friends of the Louvre or the beneficiaries of free admission are not paying either, by definition. In reality, there is no justification for doing these "friends" a disservice.

There are therefore two possible explanations for these decisions, which are unacceptable to the Friends of the Louvre. Either the Préfecture de Police is actually imposing all these restrictions, except for Orsay and the Petit Palais, and this would be totally incomprehensible and scandalous on its part. Or the Louvre can adapt the Prefecture’s advice in the most restrictive way possible. It should be remembered that the Prefecture has refused to reply to us, while the Louvre claims to be "working in very close collaboration with the Prefecture of Police", which in no way means that the Prefecture has imposed such measures on the Louvre.
Until the prefecture confirms that it has imposed these restrictions on the Louvre but not on Orsay and the Petit Palais, or until the Louvre tells us clearly that these restrictions are compulsory in exactly these conditions, we can only conclude that it is the Louvre that is responsible. Otherwise, the position of the Préfecture de Police would be just as untenable.
Be that as it may, what we have here is a madcap management of an event that we are realising more and more every day has nothing to do with a festivity.

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