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I guess opening a Chinese restaurant down the street wasn't such a good idea after all. Peking Cat special doesn't leave Parisians purring.

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Around 300 staff met in the morning and voted "almost unanimously" not to open, Christian Galani of the CGT labour union told AFP, leaving many would-be visitors disappointed.

The Louvre, near the banks of the Seine river in central Paris, received 9.6 million visitors last year, most of them foreigners including Americans, Chinese and Europeans.

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