France Returns the Louvre’s Wall Paintings Sought by Egypt

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One of the five fragments of an ancient wall painting that France plans to return to Egypt, is seen displayed at the Elysee Palace during a ceremony with French President Nicolas Sarkozy, and his Egyptian counterpart Hosni Mubarak. -  AP Photo/Christophe Ena.

PARIS (AP).-
Fragments of an ancient wall painting that caused a feud between Egypt
and the Louvre Museum are heading home. France returned the ancient artwork to
Egyptian officials after President Hosni Mubarak inspected one of the fragments
following a visit with his French counterpart, Nicolas Sarkozy.
The
pockmarked slab in sepia and blue tones, from a 3,200-year-old tomb near the
ancient temple city of Luxor, shows an offering from a nobleman to a servant.
French Culture Minister Frederic Mitterrand said in a statement that the
handover “is testament to France’s desire to … fight against the illegal
trafficking of cultural goods, which France is itself a victim of, as well as
the excellence of French-Egyptian cooperation in the realm of archaeology.”