Art: Watteau Snipped

In the event of a daylight air raid on Paris, employes of the Louvre department store will stream across the Rue de Rivoli, not into shelter but into the Louvre Museum. Their job: to help the museum staff remove, pack and convey to safety the world's vastest collection of art. Obviously unable to do it unaided are the museum's guards, who number 405 and have 900 rooms to cover.

Last week it looked to Parisians as if the Louvre staff needed a little augmentation in time of peace as well. About ten minutes of four one afternoon the guard who patrols the...

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