The Eiffel Tower, the Palace of Versailles and the Louvre Museum will go dark earlier due to the energy crisis in France

The Eiffel Tower, one of the most emblematic monuments of Paris (Olivier Anbergen – Melting Prod/)

The mayor of Paris, Anne Hidalgo, has decided to turn off the lights of monuments such as the Eiffel Tower earlier at night as a symbol of the energy saving plan for this winter that includes lowering the heating of public buildings and schools to 18 degrees.

Hidalgo specified in a press conference that street lighting will not be turned off or dimmed for safety reasonsbut the ornamental lighting of municipal buildings, such as the town hall, from 10 p.m. on September 23.

After the Eiffel Tower, it’s your turn of the Louvre Museum and the Palace of Versailles from going dark earlierin a “symbolic” measure to raise public awareness of the energy crisis in France, declared the Minister of Culture, Rima Abdul Malak, on Saturday.

the louvre museum

Starting tonight” on Saturday, the Louvre pyramid will be turned off at 11:00 p.m. instead of 1:00 a.m.declared the minister to the channel France 2after similar measures taken by the Paris mayor’s office, which decided this week to interrupt earlier the lighting of the Eiffel Tower and that of the city hall.

“We are going to turn off the lighting on the facade of the Palace of Versailles at 10:00 p.m. instead of 11:00 p.m. next week”he added.

“Symbols are important to sensitize the population”, estimated the minister, although she admitted that “these symbolic measures” are not enough.

The palace of Versailles
The palace of Versailles

Rima Abdul Malak called for concrete actions of ecological transition in museums, cinemas, theaters and “all the cultural places of France”.

The mayor of the French capital, Anne Hidalgo, announced this week that the Paris City Hall, the Eiffel Tower, the Santiago Tower, the municipal museums and the district town halls will no longer be illuminated at night from September 23 to root of the energy crisis.

Also, Hidalgo explained that the heating temperature in municipal buildings will be reduced from 19 to 18 ºC during the day and 12 ºC at night. and on weekends, when the buildings are “unoccupied”.

The objective of “this emergency plan” is “to lower consumption by another 10%” in the city, the equivalent of “energy consumption in 226 schools,” said the former socialist presidential candidate.

Energy prices, especially gas, exploded in recent months in a context of war in Ukraine.

(With information from AFP and EFE)


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