Protesters and Unions Occupy Drawing Now Paris Location, Causing Delays

Around 100 union members, unemployed individuals, and cultural workers were forcibly removed from Paris’ Carreau du Temple last night, Metro News reported. The covered market hosts the 8th edition of the art fair Drawing Now Paris, which opens for press and professionals tomorrow.

The demonstrators were protesting against reforms in the employment benefit system. Among other things, the reforms effect some cultural workers, who in France enjoy government-backed income subsidies (l’intermittence du spectacle).

The installation was scheduled to begin on Saturday night, but it had to be pushed back, leaving some dealers in the lurch. According to director Carine Tissot, many exhibiting artists feared the event would be canceled. A fair spokesperson told artnet News that installation is now underway.

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