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Former president and director of the Lourve from 2013 to 2021, Jean Luc Martinez, has been charged with fraud and money laundering in connection with Egyptian artifacts that were trafficked over the past decade.


  1. Under the French legal system, what is ahead for Mr. Martinez?
  2. What is Mr. Martinez’s current role?
  3. According to Le Monde, a colleague of two French Egyptologists became suspicious of the trafficking of the provenance of a Tutankhamen stele that ended up at the Louvre Abu Dhabi. What is a stele in art history?


Breeden, A. (2022). Former Head of Louvre Is Charged in Artifact Trafficking Case. The New York Times, May 26 (Retrievable online at