French authorities hunt seven rare artworks stolen from President Macron's official home

Mail Online | 7/8/2019 | Peter Allen In Paris for MailOnline
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Paris detectives are investigating the mysterious theft of seven works of art from the official home of French President Emmanuel Macron and his wife Brigitte.

They include wooden and terracotta statuettes, as well as a bronze bust taken from the Elysee Palace, in the centre of the capital city.

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'The complaint arrived a few days ago in the office of the Paris criminal brigade,' a judicial source told the Parisien newspaper.

'These statuettes were not stolen in a sales room or a luxurious apartment, but within the presidency of the Republic, in the Elysee Palace or its annexes.'

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Paris is infamous for art theft, but such crimes at the centre of the political establishment have even shocked 'hardened detectives,' said the source.

Items confirmed as stolen from the Elysee will guarantee a full investigation, with anybody with a link with the Elysee coming under suspicion.

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The complainants are the CNAP (National Centre of Plastic Arts), which manages France's national contemporary art foundation.

Despite the report only just being made to police and prosecutors, the CNAP's theory is that the works disappeared before January 2013.

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