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The Former Louvre Director Has Been Charged in an Antiquities Trafficking Case

Published on , by Vincent Noce

Jean-Luc Martinez’s indictment resulting from the investigation of a vast international Middle Eastern antiquities trafficking ring is shaking up the museum world.

© ARR The Former Louvre Director Has Been Charged in an Antiquities Trafficking Case

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Answering a summons on Monday morning, the Louvre’s former president-director, Jean-Luc Martinez, was held for three days of questioning by the Central Office for Combating Trafficking in Cultural Property, along with Vincent Rondot, head of the museum’s Egyptian antiquities department, and renowned Egyptologist Olivier Perdu, who were both released without charges. Mr. Perdu was questioned about a 2019 article by Marc Gabolde in his Egyptology review on the historical importance…
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