Trends: Egypt demands France returning stolen relics
Published: Oct 09, 2009 10:41 AM Updated: May 25, 2011 01:02 PM

France is demanded by Egypt to return relics on display in Paris' Louvre Museum, and it is ready to do that if theft get proved, French culture minister said Wednesday.

If the culture ministry's special meeting on Friday issues returning ruling, "the ministry is ready to restitute the relics to the Egyptian authorities without delay," Frederic Mitterrand said in a statement.

Egypt on Wednesday accused Louvre Museum of exhibiting its stolen antiquities, and alleged a suspension of all cooperation with the museum unless the relics are returned, according to the France 24 radio.

Though some French source claimed the museum gained these relics through legal buying, a member of the Louvre's executive expressed no rejection of restitution, only saying they need the agreement of the National Scientific Commission for the Museum Collection of France, French Press Agency reported.

Egyptian authorities keep demanding restitution of many antiquities scattered in many famous museums in these years, some succeeded, for example France returned some royal mummy's hair in 2007, but more are fruitless.

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