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France Returns Looted Artifacts to Egypt

Wednesday, December 04, 2013

CAIRO, EGYPT—France has returned five artifacts to Egypt that were smuggled out of the country sometime after 2011. Three of the objects are the head, torso, and arms of a glass statue. All five items were taken from a storage space used by French archaeologists. “The team in charge of monitoring sales of artifacts identified five pieces dating from the Ptolemaic dynasty on Internet websites, two which were being auctioned in the city of Toulouse,” said Ali Ahmed of Egypt’s Ministry of Antiquities.