Stolen Rembrandt painting recovered after 15 years

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image captionThe recovered painting has been shown to the press

A 17th Century painting by Dutch master Rembrandt has been recovered in France, 15 years after it was stolen.

L'enfant a la bulle de savon (Child with soap bubble), valued at 3.2m euros (£2.7m), was taken from a museum in the southern city of Draguignan in 1999.

Two men were arrested in Nice on Tuesday, according to the Agence France Presse (AFP) news agency.

Police said they received information that a transaction was due to take place in a hotel the following day.

The men, aged 46 and 53, one of whom was described as a former insurer, appeared in court in Nice on Thursday, AFP said.

They were reported to be known to police for previous petty crimes. Police are still looking for other suspects.

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image captionThe painting measures 60cm by 49cm and was said to be in a good condition

The painting was stolen from Draguignan's Musee Municipal d'art et d'histoire during the city's Bastille Day celebrations in July 1999.

At the time, police said the thieves entered through a back door and escaped before officers responded to the alarm.

The undated painting, which portrays a teenage boy with long dark brown locks, wearing a golden necklace and holding a soap bubble, was said to be in a good condition.

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