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Stolen Pissarro returned to France by ICE

Pissarro's "Le Marche aux Poissons" was returned to France. (Courtesy: Immigration and Customs Enforcement)

Thirty years ago a man walked out of the Faure Museum in Aix-les-Bains, France with a monotype by the influential impressionist Camille Pissarro under his jacket.

Today, the U.S. government returned it to France.

As colleague Jacqueline Trescott reports, “Le Marche aux Poissons” came into American hands, but when it was included in a Sotheby’s auction house catalog, the Pissarro was identified as the stolen work.

In Washington Wednesday, ICE officially transferred the painting back by giving it to French Ambassador Francois Delattre.

Read more on the artistic swap here.

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Ed O’Keefe is covering the 2016 presidential campaign, with a focus on Jeb Bush and other Republican candidates. He's covered presidential and congressional politics since 2008. Off the trail, he's covered Capitol Hill, federal agencies and the federal workforce, and spent a brief time covering the war in Iraq.


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