Rare Books Stolen from the French National Library

Thieves exploit chaos to steal heritage

The New Zealand Herald
29.06.05
By John Lichfield

“More than 30,000 books, including 1000 rare and priceless items, are believed to have been stolen from the French national library in Paris.
The library’s cataloguing and security systems are so chaotic it is impossible to know when the books were stolen.

…The basement of the library’s old building was connected by a labyrinth of underground passageways to nearby antiquarian bookshops.”

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