Living France - - LES PRATIQUES -

A paint­ing be­lieved to be by the Re­nais­sance mas­ter Car­avag­gio has been found in an at­tic on the out­skirts of Toulouse. The paint­ing, thought to be worth around €120m, was dis­cov­ered by ac­ci­dent when the fam­ily had cause to fix a leak in the ceil­ing. France has placed an ex­port ban on the 400-year-old well­p­re­served can­vas that de­picts a scene from the Book of Ju­dith, keep­ing it in the coun­try to carry out in­ves­ti­ga­tions. The Lou­vre mu­seum in Paris has so far spent three weeks ex­am­in­ing the paint­ing.

A ham­let in France’s Jura moun­tains is be­ing put up for auc­tion for the price of just €150,000. Once home to 200 peo­ple, Baudin, in the com­mune of Toulouse-leChateâu now has just two res­i­dents in the 2.2-hectare vil­lage that fea­tures a 19th­cen­tury pres­bytery, foun­tain and shops. Lo­cal au­thor­i­ties pur­chased the vil­lage in 2013 with the hope of trans­form­ing it into a tourist spot but were un­able to af­ford the restora­tion costs, es­ti­mated at €20m. The his­toric ham­let will be sold to the high­est bid­der at a five-day auc­tion.

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