Street artist Banksy splashes Paris with works on migrants

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A woman walks past a graffiti attributed to street artist Banksy, in Paris, Monday, June 25, 2018.(AP)
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A rat with a red bow graffiti believed to be attributed to street artist Banksy is seen on a wall along a street in Paris, Monday, June 25, 2018. (AP)
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People walk past a graffiti believed to be attributed to street artist Banksy, in Paris, Monday, June 25, 2018. (AP)
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A migrant takes a picture of a graffiti believed to be attributed to street artist Banksy, in Paris, Monday, June 25, 2018. (AP)
Updated 25 June 2018
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Street artist Banksy splashes Paris with works on migrants

PARIS: Banksy is believed to have taken his message on migration to Paris, which has seen seven works attributed to the provocative British street artist.
The works attributed to Banksy have been discovered in recent days, including one near a former center for migrants at the city’s northern edge that depicts a child spray-painting wallpaper over a swastika.
Nicolas Laugero Lasserre, editor of the Artistikrezo website that broke the story, said he heard a few weeks ago through contacts in the French street art world that Banksy was planning a trip.
He said he started looking for the works and came across the one in the northern Porte de la Chappelle neighborhood. The same wallpaper stencil was used in a 2009 exposition at the Bristol Museum, he said, describing it as “a real signature” of the elusive artist.
It didn’t take long for others to add — or detract — from Banksy’s work. First came the blue tag over the wallpaper. Then on Monday, another artist temporarily covered over Banksy’s work with a poster depicting a woman’s face, but the paper was quickly pulled off and an art restorer frantically tried to cover the works with a clear plastic.
Not all the works directly reference migration. One is a play on the 1801 painting of Napoleon crossing the Alps. Others show rats, including one that appeared to have been altered over the weekend.
“It lands at a key political moment, and for me that’s really the genius of Banksy,” Laugero Lasserre said.
Banksy’s publicist did not immediately respond to a request for comment.


Award-winning Egyptian actor Gamil Ratib dies at 91

Updated 19 September 2018
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Award-winning Egyptian actor Gamil Ratib dies at 91

The Award-winning Egyptian-French actor Gamil Ratib died at the age of 91on Wednesday in Cairo’s Anglo-American Hospital following a long battle with illness, his agent confirmed in a statement.

Born in Cairo in 1926, Ratib’s love of performing started in France while studying at university.

His career spanned 65 years and saw him star in both Egyptian and French films and television shows.

Some of his most famous works include “Sou'oud ila Al Hawiya”, “Al Kaif”, “Al Saher,” “Laurence Al Arab” and “Al Bidaya."