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Sunday, 29 May 2022

Ex-Louvre president accused of complicity in illegal smuggling of Egyptian artifacts

Dominating coverage in the foreign press: Former Louvre head Jean-Luc Martinez has been charged in connection with the trafficking of Egyptian artifacts. The former president of the world-renowned Paris museum was charged with conspiring to hide the origin of archeological artifacts that may have been stolen from Egypt during the Arab Spring, when hundreds of artifacts were suspected to have been looted. The gallery owner who brokered the sale was arrested in Hamburg in March and extradited to Paris for questioning in the case, which is getting coverage everywhere: The Guardian | New York Times | Washington Post | BBC | AFP.

Activist Alaa Abdel Fattah’s ongoing hunger strike is still getting ink: British MPs have demanded that the UK government apply “maximum pressure” on Egypt to allow jailed activist Alaa Abdel Fattah consular access, the Independent reports.

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