France has returned to Egypt 250 pieces of Egyptian antiquities seized from the luggage of travelers arriving in Paris four years ago. These included a collection of amulets, rings, funerary statues, clay pots and other objects seized in March and November 2010 at Charles de Gaulle airport. A statement from the Customs authorities said the objects date from different periods including 2000BC, the Roman and Byzantine eras and as late as the 7th century.
The return of the items came at the close of a visit to Paris by Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sisi on his first European tour in which he also visited Italy and met Pope Francis at the Vatican.
29 November 2014