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The art work’s disappearance was reported to police on Monday

A mural by well-known artist Banksy has been stolen from outdoors the Pompidou Centre in central Paris.

The art work, depicting a rat with a face masks holding a penknife, was taken from its location on the again of a street signal within the 4th arrondissement on Sunday.

Police have launched an investigation.

Previous Banksy items have offered at public sale for over £1m. This art work, which appeared in June final 12 months, was protected behind glass.

It was put in across the time of the 50th anniversary of the Could 1968 uprisings, when French college students and unionists protested throughout Paris and surrounding areas demanding the autumn of the federal government beneath Charles de Gaulle.

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Based on information channel France 24, safety guards had already caught thieves attempting to steal it a 12 months in the past.

Banksy, whose id stays a secret, not often confirms whether or not a bit of artwork is his, nevertheless he posted a picture of this art work to his Instagram account days after it appeared final 12 months.

Police have been alerted to the theft at round 04:15 (05:15 GMT) on Monday, in keeping with French media.

Officers are inspecting CCTV photos from the realm.

The Pompidou Centre stated in an announcement: “We’re unhappy to tell you that Banksy’s murals going through our constructing on rue Beaubourg was stolen throughout the evening.

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“Though this piece was not a part of our assortment, we have been proud that the artist had chosen the facet of our constructing to create it, as an homage to the occasions of Could ’68. We’re submitting a authorized criticism.”

It isn’t the primary time a mural attributed to Banksy has been stolen in Paris. In January, a piece depicting a younger feminine determine was reduce out and faraway from one of many emergency doorways on the Bataclan music venue.

It was a tribute to the 90 individuals who have been killed when armed militants focused the venue throughout a rock live performance in 2015. It has by no means been positioned.

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