Map: Where to find the new Banksy artworks in Paris

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Map: Where to find the new Banksy artworks in Paris
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Street artist Banksy has "blitzed" the Paris streets with a collection of murals recently as a tribute to the May 1968 uprising. In some of them he has taken aim at the French government's hard line on migrants. Here's where to find (most of) them.


Stencilled images in the style of the mysterious British graffiti star began appearing on walls across the French capital last week.
The Bristol-based artist has since confirmed he is behind the murals on his Instagram account. 
Here's a look at where you can find some of the artist's latest mural and how they have been interpreted.  Scroll down to the map below.
It is believed there are between 10 and 12 murals in all so some are still to be located and mapped it seems. If you know where they are let us know.
Porte de la Chapelle (18th)
A young black girl sprays a pink wallpaper pattern over a swastika on a wall next to her sleeping bag and teddy bear in an attempt to make her patch of pavement more cosy is the most political of his murals. 
The artwork takes issue with France's tough anti-migrant policy, with nearly 40 makeshift camps razed in Paris in the last three years and President Emmanuel Macron determined that the city does not become a magnet for refugees.
The image is on a wall in northern Paris next to an official refugee shelter which was controversially closed in March despite protests from the city's Socialist mayor Anne Hidalgo. 
However, it has since been defaced after news of its discovery spread on social media.
Photo: AFP
Rue Victor Cousin (5th) 
In a mural that takes capitalism to task, a businessman in a suit offers a dog a bone having first sawn the animal's leg off. 
Photo: AFP
41 Avenue de Flandre (19th) 
Another of the new works touches on the sensitive subject of the ban on the niqab in France. It's a take on the famous painting of Napoleon on the back of his rearing horse as he crosses the Alps to invade Italy in 1800. Except in Banksy's version the figure on the horse is wearing a full red Islamic headscarf.
The pastiche of David's canvass, one of the most iconic in French 19th-century art appeared on a wall in what is ethnically-mixed district of north eastern Paris. 
Photo: AFP
CLICK on each icon to find out where it is and what mural is there.
Rue Maitre Albert (5th) 
Banksy sprayed a rat wearing a Minnie Mouse bow under the caption "May 1968" near the Sorbonne university over the weekend, one of the centres of the uprising, which was read as a wry take on the decline of French revolutionary spirit.
Banksy confirms Paris street art 'blitz' a tribute to rebels of 1968
Photo: AFP
Rue Rambuteau (3rd) 
The artist also sprayed a self-portrait as a masked rat carrying a utility knife that he uses to cut out his stencils on the back of a road sign outside the Pompidou centre modern art gallery, which houses Europe's biggest collection of contemporary art.
Banksy took on the rat as his avatar -- a symbol of the vilified and downtrodden -- in hommage to the Paris street artist Blek le Rat, who started out in 1986 when a general strike by students and workers brought France to a halt. 
"Fifty years since the uprising in Paris 1968. The birthplace of modern stencil art," he quipped underneath the work.
Rue du Mont Cenis (18th)
On one of the city's famous Montmartre staircases in the 18th arrondissement, Banksy has painted a rat being catapulted like a cork out of a bottle of champagne. 
Some have interpreted this to be symbolic of the area's festive spirit. 
Chez Marianne, 2 Rue des Hospitalières Saint-Gervais (4th)
The artist painted another rat popping out of a champagne bottle in the Marais district of Paris. 
Photo: Yohanan Winogradsky/la voix de l'art urbain
Bataclan, 50 Boulevard Voltaire (11th) 
Banksy also created a image of girl huddled in mourning in a fire exit next to the Bataclan concert hall, where 90 people were massacred by jihadist gunmen in November 2015.
 New 'Banksy' mural appears next to Bataclan in Paris
Photo: AFP
Pont Rouelle - RER viaduct (16th) -- Bourgeois rat couple 
The artist has painted a genteel old rat couple admiring the Eiffel Tower which some in the French press have interpreted as an ode to Paris as the city of love and architecture. 
Photo: AFP
There is at least one more mural -- see image below  -- that aren't on our map . If you track the artwork down, please let us know and we'll add it. 

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Anonymous 2018/06/30 21:43
This is art with a message!! Beautiful, fun and precious.
Anonymous 2018/06/29 07:32
So the Local is condoning graffiti because that's what these are.

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