Two men were arrested after stones from Notre Dame cathedral were found in their possession © Wolf Zimmermann
Two thieves have been arrested by French police for stealing stones from Notre-Dame cathedral in Paris, according to Le Parisien newspaper.
On Tuesday evening, on the first day of France's self-confinement to combat the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic, guards spotted the intruders inside the cathedral and alerted the police.
Upon arrival, the police found both men drunk and hiding under a tarpaulin sheet. In their possession was a small number of stones seized from the cathedral.
It is thought that the thieves, who were placed in police custody, intended to sell the stones on the black market.
“Notre-Dame has always been a [place of] fantasy; there's a black market,” André Finot, the spokesman for Notre-Dame, told Le Parisien. “One finds stones from the cathedral for sale on eBay. Except that they're fake.”
"Given the location of certain companies [outside the Paris region], which would have found it difficult to transport [materials] to [workers] in Paris safely, and the impossibility of a hundred people respecting the basic rules of [social] distancing on the site, we've preferred to close it," Philippe Jost, depuRead More – Source