Art Theft in France

This I didn’t know: last year in France, over 3000 works of art (G) were stolen — about 8 per day — from private collections, museums, and churches. 

French culture minister Christine Albanel said security in many of these places is so lax that it’s as easy to steal a work of art as it is to steal a bicycle, and that many thefts appeared to have been arranged in advance by private parties.  (Albanel said that the religious works were "shipped in container-loads to the USA" to decorate private chapels.)  Art thieves in France routinely receive extremely light sentences; Albanel proposes to stiffen them considerably, and Justice Minister Rachida Dati has promised cooperation.

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