Woman detained after marker attack on ‘Liberty’

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A WOMAN has been detained after she scrawled “AE911” with a marker pen on a Delacroix masterpiece in the new Louvre extension in Lens, northern France.

The 28-year-old was grabbed by a guard and a visitor and handed to police after she defaced Eugene Delacroix’s painting Liberty Leading the People.

AE911 is believed to stand for Architects and Engineers for 9/11 Truth, a group which rejects accepted explanations for the 2001 suicide attacks on the World Trade Centre in New York.

A Louvre-Lens spokesman said the painting should be easily cleaned. It is on loan from the Louvre in Paris.