Stolen Edgar Degas painting to be returned to France

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A 19th-century artwork by French artist Edgar Degas will be returned to France nearly four decades after it was stolen, officials said Thursday.

The painting, "Blanchisseuses souffrant des dent" ("Laundry Women with Toothache,") was taken in 1973 from the Malraux Museum in Le Havre, in Normandy, France, according to a statement from the US District Attorney in Eastern New York.

It had been on loan from the French government, which considers the painting a national treasure.

The piece did not resurface until October this year when it appeared in a catalog from the auction house Sotheby's, it said....

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