France discreetly returns looted gold antiquities to China

07 Jul 2015 11:11 AM | Anonymous

France discreetly returns looted gold antiquities to China

French luxury tycoon François Pinault personally handed over four 2,000-year old solid gold birds of prey heads to Chinese embassy in Paris

By Henry Samuel, Paris

7:00PM BST 06 Jul 2015

France has secretly returned four solid gold antiquities looted from China and bought by billionaire luxury tycoon François Pinault, as Beijing steps up efforts to repatriate pillaged art.

The return of the four gold heads of birds of prey, worth €1 million (£710,000), reportedly proved a diplomatic nightmare since gifts to French museums are in theory irrevocable 

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/france/11721440/France-discreetly-returns-looted-gold-antiquities-to-China.html