More than 200 items owned by the House of Orleans are up for grabs in a collection of artworks and furniture worth millions of euros.
Wherever historic puppetry forms are still strong, and often part of annual ceremonies or rituals, they provide a firm base on which contemporary forms and inventions emerge.
The 18th International Puppet Theatre Festival is underway in Charleville-Mézières. Held every two years, it hosts all kinds of puppet theatre from 25 countries.
A Picasso worth more than 25 million euros and deemed a Spanish national treasure has been seized by French authorities from a boat docked on the Mediterranean island of Corisca.