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A golden sarcophagus was looted from Egypt in 2011 (Photo: EUobserver)

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France seeks crackdown on EU art traffickers

Europe is a haven for stolen art trafficking and EU states should be doing more about it, France has said.

"Crime targeting cultural property has flourished during the pandemic," the French EU presidency warned in a memo about Trafficking of cultural goods on 20 January, seen by EUobserver.

There were spikes in looting from Asia and the South Pacific, the Americas, and Africa in 2020, France noted, ci...

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Andrew Rettman is EUobserver's Foreign Affairs Editor. He has been writing about foreign and security affairs for EUobserver since 2005. He is Polish but grew up in the UK. He has also written for The Guardian, The Telegraph, and The Times of London.

A golden sarcophagus was looted from Egypt in 2011 (Photo: EUobserver)

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Andrew Rettman is EUobserver's Foreign Affairs Editor. He has been writing about foreign and security affairs for EUobserver since 2005. He is Polish but grew up in the UK. He has also written for The Guardian, The Telegraph, and The Times of London.

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