16 December 2014: The French Commission des affaires culturelles et d'education has today presented in Parliament and published its report on French museums.
The committee conducted 40 hearings and visited Germany, the UK and the US in the course of its investigation.
Its report criticises France for lagging behind other countries as regards Nazi looted art. Only 102 works have been restituted of the 2,143 MNR works returned to France at the end of the war for the purpose of restitution. The Ministry's response to earlier criticism was to mount an enquiry into 145 of the works which led earlier this autumn to a report announcing "promising" research on 28 of them, about which the committee is scathing.
The report calls for a new start, a serious search for heirs and the provision of funds for research. It also calls for provenance research in all French museums of works acquired since 1933 in line with the Washington Principles.
To read the report, click here.