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Louvre museum covers Sackler name after opioid protests

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By Associated Press  with NBC News World News
Image: A taped over sign is pictured at the Louvre Museum in Paris, France
A taped over sign is pictured at the Louvre Museum in Paris, France, Wednesday, July 17, 2019.   -   Copyright  Kamil Zihnioglu

PARIS — France's Louvre museum has taped over the name Sackler as donors to a wing of the building after protests against the family blamed for the opioid crisis in the United States.

An Associated Press photographer late Wednesday saw the name taped over on signs in the eastern antiquities wing, and a sign listing donors had been removed from its place on the wall, with only the holes and outline remaining.

The Sackler family is connected to the pharmaceutical company that makes OxyContin. Institutions that benefited from the family's largesse have been targetedby activists. New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art has said it will no longer accept their money.

The Louvre's president told RTL radio there's a 20-year limit on naming rights and the Sackler wing was inaugurated in 1996.