Paris — Environmental activists daubed the Louvre’s glass pyramid with thick molasses on Friday in protest at what they said were the environmentally damaging activities of museum sponsor Total, a multinational oil and gas company.

Clad in black, the activists belonging to Liberons le Louvre (Free the Louvre) plastered dirty hand-prints over the museum’s famed 21m-high glass and steel pyramid, a much-loved Paris landmark, as tourists gazed on...

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