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Thieves steal $100 million-plus worth of art

Police are looking for a thief or thieves who stole five paintings valued at as much as $123 million, including major works by Picasso and Matisse, in an overnight heist at a Paris art museum.Full story

Paris heightens museum vigilance after big heist

Paris City Hall, embarrassed by a major art heist at a museum with a broken alarm, urged security guards Friday to be more vigilant — and pleaded with the perpetrators not to damage the Picasso, Matisse and Modigliani spirited away from the city's Museum of Modern Art. Full story

France’s Chirac to stand trial for corruption

Former French President Jacques Chirac has been ordered to stand trial in an alleged corruption scandal dating back to his tenure as Paris mayor, a judicial official said. Full story

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Former French President Chirac, seen in this file photo, has been ordered by a French magistrate to stand trial on embezzlement charges
Former French President Chirac, seen in this file photo, has been ordered by a French magistrate to stand trial on embezzlement charges

Former French President Jacques Chirac, seen in this July 9, 2008 file photo, has been ordered by a French magistrate October 30, 2009 to stand trial on embezzlement charges dating back to his time as mayor of Paris, in an unprecedented move against a former French head of state. The allegations un