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'Unbalanced' woman vandalises iconic French painting

Published on Feb 9, 2013 9:12 PM
In this photo taken on Dec 3, 2012, a woman looks at Eugene Delacroix's painting Liberty Leading The People in La Galerie du Temps (Gallery of Time) during media day on the eve of the inauguration of the Le Louvre Lens Museum, in Lens, northern France. French police are holding a mentally "unbalanced" woman after an attack on the painting. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

LENS, France (AFP) - French police were holding a mentally "unbalanced" woman after an attack on one of France's most iconic paintings, Delacroix's Liberty Leading The People.

The incident happened at the recently opened northern satellite of the Louvre museum, in Lens, northern France, when a visitor scrawled on the painting with a black marker. It was not believed to have caused any permanent damage.

Prosecutors in the town said that after having received a psychiatric report on the 28-year-old woman, they would probably have her committed on Saturday.

The attack on the painting happened on Thursday evening, just before the 6.00pm closing time (1am on Feb 8, Singapore time). A security guard apprehended the woman with the help of a visitor to the museum.

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