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Map: Where to find the new Banksy artworks in Paris

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.

Map: Where to find the new Banksy artworks in Paris
Photo: AFP
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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IN DEPTH: How police reclaimed a stolen Bataclan Banksy in Italy

A stolen cutter, CCTV footage, phone taps, loose-tongued suspects... this is how an artwork by famed street artist Banksy painted on the door of the Bataclan club in Paris was discovered in Italy 18 months after being stolen.

IN DEPTH: How police reclaimed a stolen Bataclan Banksy in Italy
Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte (L) and French ambassador to Italy Christian Masset take part in a handover ceremony of the piece of art attributed to street artist Banksy, that was stolen at th

At 4:00 am on January 26, 2019, three men wearing hoodies and masks take a cutting tool to the metal door of the Bataclan.

It is not just any old door, but the emergency exit of the famous Parisian music venue where 90 people were murdered by Islamic State gunmen on November 13, 2015.

The stencilled white image is of a “sad young girl” in homage to the victims of the Bataclan attack.

It is all over in just a few minutes: the thieves load the door into the back of the Citroen van, whose number plate has been made illegible, according to captured CCTV footage.

“It was an important investigation” for the officers, some of whom had worked on the Bataclan attack, a source close to the case tells AFP.

By “honing in” on phones located in the vicinity of the Bataclan at the time and then along the route taken by the getaway van, tracked using surveillance cameras, police are able to identify and tap the lines.

A year later, police detain three men suspected of breaking into a DIY shop in the Isere department in southeastern France.

A cutting tool is among the stolen objects and one of the suspects boasts of having been involved in a break-in in Paris.

With a link now established between the suspects and the theft of Banksy's “the sad young girl”, police use wire-taps and surveillance to track down the receivers of the stolen artwork.

According to the investigators' findings, the artwork is taken to first to Isere, then to the south of France and from there on to Italy.

'Like trying to re-sell the Mona Lisa' 

In Italy, the painting is initially hidden in a hotel in Tortoreto, in the central region of Abruzzo. But when the hotel undergoes renovation work, it is relocated to an abandoned farm in Sant'Omero, some 15 kilometres (nine miles) away.

The hotel's owner, an acquaintance of one of the men suspected of receiving stolen goods, Mehdi Meftah, says he did not know what the bulky package contained.

Police decide to detain the whole gang, but the arrests are hampered by the coronavirus lockdown, the source tells AFP. In a joint operation with Italian police, the investigators seize “the sad young girl” in Abruzzo on June 10.

The attendant publicity forces police to speed up the arrests and a total of nine people are detained in France in the following days.

Two are charged with robbery in an organised gang and another four with receiving stolen goods, including Mehdi Meftah.

 

The 39-year-old, with his bouncer-like looks and tattoos, founded the luxury T-shirt brand “BL1.D”, which has an 18-carat gold ingot sewn into the neckline. He is suspected of ordering the theft.

“His accomplices say he wanted to keep the door for one of his houses,” says the source close to the investigation, acknowledging that trying to re-sell such an artwork would be “very difficult”.

“It would be like trying to re-sell the Mona Lisa,” his lawyer, Yves Sauvayre, tells the weekly newspaper, Journal du dimanche, denying his client had ordered the theft.

“He was presented with a fait accompli. He agreed to take the door in order accepted to help out old acquaintances.

He didn't pay a penny,” the lawyer says. At the moment, the artwork, handed back to France by the Italian authorities, is under seal and is being guarded by Paris police.

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