Mona Lisa, Venus de Milo and … sheep? Farmers herd flock into Louvre to protest subsidy cuts

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PARIS – It’s not every day that you can stand in line at the Louvre Museum next to a flock of live sheep.

But that’s what happened to tourists Friday caught up in a protest by small farmers beneath the glass pyramid of the Paris museum.

Louvre officials said there were no arrests or damage in the protest, and it didn’t disrupt operations at one of the world’s most-visited tourist sites

The few dozen protesters, from the Peasants’ Confederation, are angry at proposed subsidy cuts that they say unfairly punish small farms and favour big agribusiness. The cuts are part of a broader reform of European Union agricultural policy.

Dairy farmer Laurent Pinatel argued that small farms deserve support because they are important to France’s economy, identity and culinary reputation.

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