Louvre Power

November 17, 1993

If President Francois Mitterrand is judged a failure in his statist vision of France, his one great success will be the Louvre. Like predecessor Georges Pompidou (of Pompidou Center fame), he knows that the grandeur of France rests on its museums. The French president inaugurates the expansion of France's great national art museum tomorrow, its 200th birthday, officially opening its expansion into the wing of the palace previously occupied by the Finance Ministry, and into a great underground shopping mall and garage.

The French know why the world visits Paris. France gets more bang for the franc from the Louvre than it ever did from nuclear bombers.

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