French fine art robbery

Thieves stole five pictures, including one by Spanish master Pablo Picasso, from the home in southern France of an art collector who was beaten up during the robbery, a police source said on Saturday.The most important work in Friday’s robbery was a lithograph representing a woman’s face painted by Picasso, while the other works were by less renowned artists, the source said, without identifying the other artists.

The robbery comes just two days after thieves stole paintings by Picasso, Henri Matisse, Amedeo Modigliani and two other renowned artists from a Paris museum in a heist worth 100 million euros ($124 million).

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