The Associated Press

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Selfie sticks: Versailles palace, Britain's National Gallery latest attractions to impose bans

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A French palace and a British museum have joined the growing list of global tourist attractions to ban "selfie sticks" — devices visitors use to improve snapshots, but which critics say are obnoxious and potentially dangerous.

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Officials at Chateau de Versailles and Britain's National Gallery announced the ban Wednesday, saying they need to protect artworks and other visitors.

The sprawling 17th-century Versailles palace is where Louis XIV established his kingdom's seat of government 14 miles (20 kilometers) west of Paris. It attracts 7.5 million tourists a year. Visitors may still use their sticks in the chateau's courtyard or in the vast park and gardens surrounding the palace.

The British Museum is "currently reviewing" its selfie-stick policy.

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Jill Lawless in London contributed to this report.