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Another Picasso Stolen in French Fine Art Robbery

MARSEILLE (REUTERS).- Interpol said Saturday it had alerted its 188 countries member countries about the major theft from the Musee d’Art Moderne in Paris and added the works to its stolen art database. Museum officials discovered the paintings, which included works by Spanish master Pablo Picasso, Henri Matisse and Amedeo Modigliani, missing Thursday after noticing a smashed window pane. “The French authorities have made sure that police around the world now have the information they need to assist in locating and eventually recovering these stolen works of art,” Interpol’s Jean-Michel Louboutin said. The stolen works are Picasso’s “Dove with Green Peas,” Matisse’s “Pastorale,” Georges Braque’s “Olive tree near l’Estaque,” Modigliani’s “Woman on the range” and Fernand Leger’s “Still life with candlesticks.” “These extraordinary paintings by these great masters are so recognizable that they will be difficult to sell,” he said. Experts have suggested criminal gangs trying to exto