Charity fury as museum goers turn up nose at poor family
PARIS (AFP) - France's culture ministry has demanded an explanation from the Musee d'Orsay after a family visiting as guests of an anti-poverty group were asked to leave because snooty fellow visitors complained that they smelled.
ATD-Quart Monde, who had treated the hard-up couple and their 12-year-old child to a tour of the museum on Saturday, described the family's ejection from the celebrated museum as blatant discrimination.
"It shows what the poorest people have to put up with on a daily basis," said the organisation's spokesman, Ms Typhaine Cornacchiari. "When poverty is written on your face you do not get treated the same way.
"Women who stink of perfume don't get asked to leave. No-one calls security when you see people pontificating in front of paintings."