Chirac, Mubarak open Egyptian treasure trove

8th December 2006, Comments 0 comments

PARIS, Dec 8, 2006 (AFP) - Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak and his French counterpart Jacques Chirac on Friday unveiled an exhibition of sunken treasures spanning 1,500 years of Egyptian history.

PARIS, Dec 8, 2006 (AFP) - Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak and his French counterpart Jacques Chirac on Friday unveiled an exhibition of sunken treasures spanning 1,500 years of Egyptian history.

Mubarak, in Paris as part of five-day European tour, toured the display at the Grand Palais in Paris in company of his wife Suzanne. They were also joined by Chirac's wife Bernadette.

Recovered by a team of French underwater explorers, led by the archaeologist Franck Goddio, the 500 pieces lay buried for hundreds of years on the Mediterranean floor, off Egypt's Nile Delta.

Centrepiece of the display is a five-metre (11-foot) statue of Hapy, Egyptian god of the Nile, along with statuettes of other deities, coins and everyday objects.

The show opens to the public on Saturday and runs until March 16.

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Subject: French news

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