Versailles to close Saturday as precaution against protests

Six weeks and counting. 

PARIS – France is bracing for a sixth straight Saturday of protests during which the palace of Versailles just outside Paris will be shut for the day despite expectations that the numbers taking to the streets will be down sharply. 

The famous chateau that was home to succession of French kings until the French Revolution in 1789 and is now a big tourist attraction is to be closed as a precaution. Paris’ other big tourist hotspots such as the Louvre museum and the Eiffel Tower, which had closed a couple of weeks back, are staying open though. 

Much of France, but particularly Paris, has endured weeks of protestby a nationwide movement that at times descended into violence.