French police recover stolen art by Monet, Brueghel

MARSEILLE, France Wed Jun 4, 2008 1:32pm EDT

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MARSEILLE, France (Reuters) - Two paintings by French impressionists Claude Monet and Alfred Sisley and two others by Flemish artist Jan Brueghel, stolen last year, have been found and 10 people arrested, police said on Wednesday.

The four paintings were stolen last August from the Museum of Fine Arts in Nice by a masked gang of armed thieves who threatened staff to seize the paintings.

Police said they had detained around 10 people in the southern cities of Nice and Marseille but gave no details on the identity of the suspects.

The four paintings were "Cliffs near Dieppe" by Monet and Sisley's "Lane of poplars at Moret-sur-Loing", as well as "Allegory of Water" and "Allegory of Earth" by the baroque-era Brueghel.

(Reporting by Jean-Francois Rosnoblet; writing by James Mackenzie; Editing by Raissa Kasolowsky)

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