Scandal in Paris for alleged trafficking in antiquities in the Louvre Museum.
The events would have happened during the mandate of the former president of the establishment, Jean-Luc Martinez.
The Frenchman has been accused by the Paris police of “complicity in organized fraud” y money laundering.
Two of his former colleagues from this same department were also arrested this week, but released without charge, prosecutors have said.
According to the French press, it is being studied whether Martínez “turned a blind eye” to the false certificates of provenance of five Egyptian antiquities, some of them belonging to Tutankhamun.
National media allege that the three men were suspected of involvement in drug trafficking. heritage pieces priceless.
The pieces were sold in 2016 when the Abu Dhabi Louvrea branch of the Paris museum, acquired several Egyptian antiquities for tens of millions of euros.
The press reports have not been confirmed by the Paris prosecutor’s office.
Martínez left the presidency of the Louvre last year, a position he had held since 2013.
He now acts as an ambassador for international cooperation in the field of heritage.