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01/29/2013 05:48 pm ET | Updated Jan 30, 2013

'Smelly' Family Kicked Out Of Paris' Musee D'Orsay

A family was ordered to leave one of Paris' largest museums because other visitors had complained about their smell.

The Telegraph reports that the couple and their son were participating in a free tour of the famed Musee d'Orsay with a charity that supports families in financial difficulty.

After inviting them out for breakfast on Saturday, a volunteer of the organization ATD-Quart Monde took the family to the museum, Le Figaro details, according to a HuffPost translation. When they reached the room with Van Gogh paintings, a guard asked them to leave, explaining that other visitors had complained about their smell. The family left for another room, where four guards approached them again.

"It shows what the poorest people have to put up with on a daily basis," Typhaine Cornacchiari, a spokesperson for ATD-Quart Monde, told France 24. "When poverty is written on your face you do not get treated the same way."

She added: "Women who stink of perfume don't get asked to leave. No one calls security when you see people pontificating in front of paintings."

France's Culture Minister Aurelie Filippetti reportedly asked the museum for a detailed account of the incident.

According to Le Figaro, the museum stated that it was very troubled by the incident.

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