Paris awaits Dominican Government’s confirmation on the authenticity of the artifacts from the Caribbean country seized upon entering France, diplomatic sources said today. “We await the evaluation by Dominican authorities on the authenticity of those pieces,” Dominican ambassador in France Laura Faxas said to Efe. French Customs seized some 200 objects posing as contemporary handicrafts in mid 2009, when it discovered that the recipient, an antique dealer, didn’t exist.
The objects were then sent to the Paris Museum of Natural History to determine their value and concluded that 34 of them were original of the Taíno culture. “It was determined that several pieces weren’t reproductions and some had a great valor,” Faxas said in reference to the first analysis conducted in Paris, adding that the French authorities would return them to Santo Domingo once the necessary procedures conclude.