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Louvre opens new branch in grim northern mining town

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The Louvre museum opened a new satellite branch among the slag heaps of a former mining town Tuesday in a bid to bring high culture and visitors to one of France's poorest areas. 

L-R: Mayor of Lille Martine Aubry, Director of the Louvre Museum Henri Loyrette and Culture Minister Aurelie Filippetti pose for the media before the inauguration of the Louvre-Lens Museum in the northern French town of Lens.

Greeted by a group of former miners in overalls and hardhats, President Francois Hollande inaugurated the Japanese-designed glass and polished-aluminium branch of the Louvre in the northern city of Lens.

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