Asylum for artefacts: Paris's plan to protect cultural treasures from terrorists

23 Nov 2015 8:34 AM | Anonymous

Asylum for artefacts: Paris's plan to protect cultural treasures from terrorists

The president of the Louvre has drawn up a 50-point plan to protect artworks under threat around the world. At last, someone is responding to Isis with a full-throated defence of our common human heritage Friday 20 November 2015 11.48 EST Last modified on Friday 20 November 2015 11.56 EST

We’ve had an era of “cultural diplomacy”, when museums aspired to spread global goodwill. Now, as Isis continues to attack both humans and human heritage, it’s time for a more hard-headed approach – the defence of civilisation and its treasures. And France is leading the way.

Jean-Luc Martinez, the president of the Louvre, has drawn up a 50-point plan to protect cultural treasures around the world. He was asked to do so by President François Hollande and one of his key recommendations – that France offer “asylum” for artefacts under threat – is immediately being pushed through as law. France is right to recognise the central place of culture in the struggle against the societal poison of Isis

http://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/jonathanjonesblog/2015/nov/20/asylum-artefacts-paris-terrorists-louvre-isis