France: former director of the Louvre Jean-Luc Martinez investigated

(ANSA) – PARIS, MAY 26 – Judicial troubles for the former president of the Louvre Museum, Jean-Luc Martinez. The former head of the Parisian museum was entered in the register of suspects for “money laundering and complicity of organized gang fraud”.

The investigation opened by the French justice concerns a suspected trafficking in antiquities from the Near and Middle East. Martinez, who after the Louvre was appointed ambassador for international cooperation in the cultural heritage sector, was placed in custody on Monday with two great Egyptologists at the Central Office for Combating Trafficking in Cultural Property (OCBC). The two specialists were then left free to go while Martinez was investigated and placed under judicial control. Archaeologist and art historian, born in Paris in 1964, Martinez directed the Louvre for eight years. A year ago, President Emmanuel Macron chose Laurence des Cars to take his place at the helm of the museum. Established in September, Des Cars is the first woman to lead the Parisian institution created in 1793 and custodian of masterpieces such as the Mona Lisa by Leonardo Da Vinci or The Wedding at Cana by Paolo Caliari, known as Veronese, one of the greatest painters of the Renaissance.


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