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Friday 29 August 2014

Woman held for defacing painting

Published 08/02/2013 | 11:42

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A Eugene Delacroix canvas was defaced in an extension to the Louvre

A visitor to the Louvre's newest extension, in northern France, has been detained after scrawling an inscription in marker pen on the famed canvas of Eugene Delacroix's Liberty Leading the People.

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The 28-year-old woman was immediately seized by a guard and another visitor, then handed over to police, according to a statement from the Louvre-Lens. It said the painting should be easily cleaned.

The Louvre-Lens opened in December in Lens, a struggling coal town with an unemployment rate nearly three times the national average.

The Delacroix work is among the artist's most famous. It shows a bare-breasted woman (Liberty) holding aloft the French flag as she urges on a crowd of revolutionaries.

According to Le Figaro newspaper, the woman wrote AE911 near the bottom of the canvas.

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