A student was surrounded by male staff who “stared” at her breasts and ordered her to cover up her cleavage before entering a world-famous art exhibition full of pictures of naked women.
The woman, 22, called Jeanne, says her boobs were “put on trial” by the gaggle of men who demanded she wear a jacket.
She had been for a slap-up meal at a five star Meurice hotel in Paris before the gallery drama where her clothing had not raised any eyebrows, she said.
It was a sweltering day so she was sporting a summer dress which was low cut.
Jeanne said: “Not a problem there. I wore it all summer. I feel good wearing it and it’s pretty.
“I am not just my breasts, I am not just a body.”
Jeanne and her pal were visiting the Musée d’Orsay, which boasts the largest collection of Impressionist pieces in the world.
But she was stunned by the reception staff to her clothing.
She said: “Arriving at the entrance of the museum, I do not have time to take out my ticket, as the sight of my breasts shocks an agent in charge of controlling reservations.
“It was my cleavage which was the problem.”
The guard allegedly told her: “It can’t be, it won’t work” while assessing her dress.
Jeanne added: “They are staring at my breasts conspicuously. I was facing a circle of people who were putting me on trial over my appearance.”
But her pal, who was wearing a crop top which showed off her navel, did not appear to cause offence, the student said.
The security guard told Jeanne: “Put on your jacket, so I’ll let you in. Inside the museum, you do what you want, take it off if you want. I understand you, but it is the rules.”
Jeanne did not believe any such rules existed but put her jacket on anyway to avoid a fuss.
The Musée d’Orsay, on the Left Bank of the River Seine opposite the Louvre, issued a press release on Wednesday saying it “deeply regrets this incident”.
It apologised to Jeanne and said a receptionist had been spoken to about his behaviour.