Monet painting damaged by intruders

  • 8 October 2007

A group of intruders punched a hole in a painting by Claude Monet after breaking in to the Orsay Museum in Paris.

The French culture minister Christine Albanel said that four or five people, who appeared to be drunk, had broken through a back door at around 1am on Sunday morning.

She said someone had 'punched the magnificent masterpiece by Monet' before they left the building.

The Impressionist painting ‘Le Pont d’Argenteuil’ will be restored, but Albanel condemned the vandals.

'It’s always a heartbreak when an art object that is our memory, our heritage, that we love and that we are proud of is victim to a purely criminal act,' she said.

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