France to return Egyptian relics if theft is proved
October 08, 2009
Article from: Agence France-Presse
FRANCE is ready to return five relics to Egypt if the Pharaonic antiquities at the Louvre Museum were indeed stolen, Culture Minister Frederic Mitterrand said today.
Egypt is demanding that the Louvre hand over the decorative fragments from a tomb excavated in the Valley of the Kings, near Luxor.
Egyptian Antiquities chief Zahi Hawass said in Cairo that the Paris museum had bought the antiquities in 1980 even though its curators knew they were stolen.
Meanwhile, Associated Press has reported that Egypt’s Antiquities Department has severed ties with the Louvre.
The Louvre’s press office said that a national committee made up of specialists from France’s museum world and other experts will meet by the end of the week to decide if the relics will be returned with final approval given by the Culture Ministry.