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15 artworks stolen from Chinese Museum in France

15 artworks stolen from Chinese Museum in France

French cultural officials said that 15 art works were stolen from a Chinese museum south of Paris, including a replica crown of the King of Siam given to France in the 19th century.

Police have launched an investigation.

The Culture Ministry said the break-in before dawn Sunday at the Chinese Museum at Fontainebleau Castle was over in less than seven minutes.

Castle spokesman Alexis de Kermel said he had no estimation of the objects' value. He called them "priceless" and the master works of the museum.

The ministry said the stolen objects were assembled by Empress Eugenie, the wife of French Emperor Napoleon III, for her Chinese museum in 1863. The crown was donated by the ambassadors of Siam, now Thailand, during their official visit to France two years earlier.

Updated : 2021-09-25 03:30 GMT+08:00