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Franco-Mexican spat proving costly to culture

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Organisers of France’s Mexican Year of Culture are warning that a diplomatic spat between the two countries could cost tens of millions of euros.

Mexico withdrew its support after French President Nicolas Sarkozy dedicated the year of culture to Florence Cassez, a French woman jailed for 60 years in Mexico for alleged links with a kidnap gang.

Many artefacts have already gone back to Mexico without ever being shown to the public.