Paris flexes its artistic muscles in culture contest with London galleries | News

Paris is “hungry to eat London’s lunch,” said the head of the Victoria and Albert museum, adding that he fears France is creeping forward in the battle for European cultural supremacy.

Tristram Hunt said there was a “confidence and brio” in the Parisian galleries that gave the city a competitive advantage over London and was “a source of great concern”.

For centuries, the two cities have battled to be recognized as the European Capital of Culture. London has grown tremendously in recent years, thanks in part to its museums, six of which – including the British Museum and the National Gallery – are regularly in the top 20 most visited in the world.

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