A painting that is the enduring image of the French revolution and adorned the 100-franc note for nearly two decades was vandalised this week at the Louvre-Lens museum, but officials there say it has not sustained any permanent damage.
According to judicial sources, the woman scrawled “AE911” on the canvas using an indelible black marker.
On Friday morning, French media were speculating that the graffiti could be a reference to the “Architects and Engineers for 9/11 Truth” group, which believes that the 2001 collapse of the World Trade Center could not have resulted solely from the impact of two fuel-heavy airliners.
She is under arrest. According to Gawker, it is indeed truther-related:
[...]“Architects and Engineers for 9/11 Truth,” a group that ostensibly exists so that very inept architects and engineers can talk about their theory that George W. Bush knocked down the towers, but that mostly has the effect of making your high school friends’ Facebook status updates intolerable.
We do not know if this act of vandalism was done in reference to our organization. Whether or not this is true, Architects & Engineers for 9/11 Truth (AE911Truth) condemns and deplores the defacing of this priceless work of art and all public and private property. Our code of conduct requires all of our volunteers to abide by the laws, rules, and regulations of society.
The founder and CEO of the non-profit organization, Richard Gage, AIA, noted, “I was shocked and horrified to learn of this senseless act of vandalism. I sincerely hope that this unbalanced person is not in anyway associated with our numerous volunteers in France. Our organization prides itself on the integrity of its activists, who are seeking a real, unimpeachable investigation of the destruction of the three World Trade Center skyscrapers on 9/11.”
According to this news report, the painting has been repaired and goes back on display today.
Good news. Hints are she may be a bit psychologically unstable. But anyone who believes the unsupported nonsense of the 9/11 conspiracy theory is not functioning in reality.
Tip: Bob Blaskiewicz