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Eight accused of stealing Banksy’s tribute to Bataclan victims are on trial


Seven French people and an Italian are on trial in Paris on Wednesday for stealing a work by graffiti artist Banksy which was sprayed on an emergency door of the Bataclan theater in Paris to honor the victims of the November 2015 attacks.

In June 2018, Banksy created a mural of a veiled female figure in a mournful pose on an emergency exit door from the concert hall, where 90 people were killed in attacks by Islamist gunmen who made 130 dead in Paris and its outskirts.

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The door, stolen in January 2019, was found in 2020 in a farmhouse by the Italian police and returned to France.

“Many people in the audience escaped through this emergency door. She lived, heard and saw the whole massacre,” French Ambassador to Rome Christian Masset said at the time.

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Banksy, whose true identity is unknown, has become one of the best-known figures on the modern art scene with a series of inspired works in public places that combine street art techniques with topical themes.

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