Fake Faberge eggs seized at Paris airport: customs

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French custom officials announced Monday that they had seized 350 imitation Faberge eggs at a Paris airport, which were intended for sale during the busy Christmas season.

The fake Faberge eggs were found in a commercial cargo coming from Russia at Charles de Gaulle airport late last month, custom officials said.

The famous House of Faberge created about 50 jeweled eggs for the Russian imperial family, starting in 1885 with Czar Alexander III who gave his wife, Czarina Maria Fedorovna, the first precious egg as an Easter gift.

Faberge created other "imperial" eggs for private clients, of which only about 15 are known by specialists.

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