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"Banksy in Paris" operation turns out to be fake

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"Banksy in Paris" operation turns out to be fake

<p>After spending a month carrying out an artistic “residency” in New York City, world famous street artist Banksy was briefly thought to have made Paris his new home.</p> <p>A website entitled <a href="http://www.banksy-paris.com" rel="external">“Back to the roots”</a> linked to <a href="http://instagram.com/banksyparis" rel="external">an Instagram account</a> started posting pictures – one per day in December – of street art pieces in a style very similar to the anonymous Brit’s. </p> <p><iframe src="//instagram.com/p/hYq-BNGnmv/embed/" width="600" height="710" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" allowtransparency="true"></iframe></p> <p><iframe src="//instagram.com/p/haeZ5LGnnu/embed/" width="612" height="710" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" allowtransparency="true"></iframe></p> <p>However it transpires that everything about the street art Advent calendar, from the art pieces to the website, is fake.</p> <p>A journalist from cultural magazine <em>Les Inrocks</em> has tweeted:</p> <p><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="fr"><p>Confirmation de l'agent de Banksy aux Inrocks : le site (et l'invasion) Banksy in Paris sont un fake <a href="https://twitter.com/CaroleBoinet">@CaroleBoinet</a> <a href="http://t.co/ZnvyeFswbK">http://t.co/ZnvyeFswbK</a></p>— JD Beauvallet (@JDBeauvallet) <a href="https://twitter.com/JDBeauvallet/statuses/407496066746290176">2 Décembre 2013</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script></p> <p>Translation: “Confirmation by Banksy’s agent to the Inrocks : the website (and the invasion) Banksy in Paris are a fake.”</p> <p>In the meantime, Storyful, the social media press agency has contacted the <a href="http://Pestcontroloffice.com" rel="external">Pestcontroloffice</a> website, in charge of authentifying Banksy’s prints and art pieces. According to Storyful, Pestcontroloffice is unequivocal: the website is fake and the works of street art are forgeries.</p>