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Siamese Crown Stolen from French Castle

French police are looking for thieves who swiped a Siamese crown and other Asian artifacts from the Château de Fontainebleau this weekend.

Located some 35 miles (55 kilometers) outside of Paris, the Château de Fontainebleau was the royal residence of French monarchs since the Middle Ages. It has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is now open to visitors who can tour its sprawling gardens, chapels and galleries.

The art heist took place in Fontainebleau’s Chinese Museum, which mostly contains treasures collected by Empress Eugenie, Napoleon III’s wife, according to a statement from the office of Fleur Pellerin, France’s minister of culture and communications. Read more.