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Curator kills herself after claims of missing treasures at prestigious Paris library | World

A state culture official has apparently taken her own life a day after she was reported to be at the center of years of alleged looting of valuable manuscripts and other treasures from one of France’s most prestigious libraries.

Sophie Lesiewicz, 43, a senior library curator, was accused in Le Monde by former colleagues and members of the book trade of having sold valuable works when she was deputy director of the Jacques Doucet Literary Library, the richest collection of manuscripts, books and art involving French writers from the mid-19th century to the present. The collection in the elegant four-storey library on the Place du Panthéon near the Sorbonne includes art by Picasso, Braque, Miró and Chagall.

Police have been called in to investigate a

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