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Vandals Punch Hole in Monet

Group broke into Paris museum during all-night culture festival
By Colleen Barry,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 8, 2007 2:35 AM CDT

(Newser) – Four or five people broke into a Paris museum on Sunday and punched a hole in a Monet. The group broke open a back door to the Musee d'Orsay and fled when an alarm sounded, but not before tearing a four-inch hole in "Le Pont d'Argenteuil," a scene of a bridge and boats on the Seine painted in 1874. The vandals appeared to be drunk.

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The incident, which occurred on Nuit Blanche, an annual Paris all-night arts festival, was caught on security video, but no arrests have been made. The French culture minister said the painting could be restored. She continued, "It's always a heartbreak when an art object that is our memory, our heritage, that we love and that we are proud of is victim of a purely criminal act." (Read more Monet stories.)

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