Photos: Banksy strikes Paris with a trail of immigration themed graffiti

Updated On Jun 28, 2018 09:31 AM IST

Banksy has painted walls in Paris with murals on the theme of migration --a political act by the "hit-and-run" graffiti artist as governments row over how to treat people fleeing to Europe. The works are believed to have started to appear as early as last Wednesday, U.N.-designated World Refugee Day, and some have already been vandalised.

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“Napoleon Crossing the Alps”, by French painter Jacques-Louis David with the red cloak, wrapped tightly around his face, an apparent reference to France’s ban on face coverings in public places. The piece is among seven attributed to British activist-artist Banksy that have emerged since last week in Paris as governments row over how to treat people fleeing to Europe. (Benoit Tessier / REUTERS) View Photos in a new improved layout
Updated on Jun 28, 2018 09:31 AM IST

“Napoleon Crossing the Alps”, by French painter Jacques-Louis David with the red cloak, wrapped tightly around his face, an apparent reference to France’s ban on face coverings in public places. The piece is among seven attributed to British activist-artist Banksy that have emerged since last week in Paris as governments row over how to treat people fleeing to Europe. (Benoit Tessier / REUTERS)

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The works are believed to have started to appear as early as last Wednesday, UN-designated World Refugee Day, and some have already been vandalised. This mural, on a street in northern Paris where migrants sleep rough, shows a black girl spraying a pink wallpaper pattern over a swastika. (Philippe Lopez / AFP) View Photos in a new improved layout
Updated on Jun 28, 2018 09:31 AM IST

The works are believed to have started to appear as early as last Wednesday, UN-designated World Refugee Day, and some have already been vandalised. This mural, on a street in northern Paris where migrants sleep rough, shows a black girl spraying a pink wallpaper pattern over a swastika. (Philippe Lopez / AFP)

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The painting was subsequently defaced to make it look like she was painting the Nazi symbol herself. Lacking the security of museums or galleries, these public pieces are prone to damage, and have already begun witnessing attempts to alter, deface or reserve them. (Thibault Camus / AP) View Photos in a new improved layout
Updated on Jun 28, 2018 09:31 AM IST

The painting was subsequently defaced to make it look like she was painting the Nazi symbol herself. Lacking the security of museums or galleries, these public pieces are prone to damage, and have already begun witnessing attempts to alter, deface or reserve them. (Thibault Camus / AP)

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Other murals leave the viewer musing on greed or cruelty: In one a man in a suit is offering a one-legged dog a bone, while a handsaw behind his back raises the possibility that it is the dog’s own leg. (Philippe Lopez / AFP) View Photos in a new improved layout
Updated on Jun 28, 2018 09:31 AM IST

Other murals leave the viewer musing on greed or cruelty: In one a man in a suit is offering a one-legged dog a bone, while a handsaw behind his back raises the possibility that it is the dog’s own leg. (Philippe Lopez / AFP)

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Signature motifs of the British artist, such as rats familiar in his other works also make their presence, a sort of unofficial signature. In this case, one is “Disney-fied” with Minnie Mouse’s iconic bow. (Philippe Lopez / AFP) View Photos in a new improved layout
Updated on Jun 28, 2018 09:31 AM IST

Signature motifs of the British artist, such as rats familiar in his other works also make their presence, a sort of unofficial signature. In this case, one is “Disney-fied” with Minnie Mouse’s iconic bow. (Philippe Lopez / AFP)

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This second of three rat themed pieces shows a rodent case flying through the air, riding the cork from a champagne bottle. Meanwhile diners sip on their drinks in the foreground –a fitting placement. (Benoit Tessier / REUTERS) View Photos in a new improved layout
Updated on Jun 28, 2018 09:31 AM IST

This second of three rat themed pieces shows a rodent case flying through the air, riding the cork from a champagne bottle. Meanwhile diners sip on their drinks in the foreground –a fitting placement. (Benoit Tessier / REUTERS)

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Though migration to Europe has decreased since the height of the crisis in 2015, anxiety about it remains high in France and the rest of the European Union. In this image, a rat is seen holding a boxcutter --perhaps aiming for borders, or constructs. (Benoit Tessier / REUTERS) View Photos in a new improved layout
Updated on Jun 28, 2018 09:31 AM IST

Though migration to Europe has decreased since the height of the crisis in 2015, anxiety about it remains high in France and the rest of the European Union. In this image, a rat is seen holding a boxcutter --perhaps aiming for borders, or constructs. (Benoit Tessier / REUTERS)

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The only official link so far from the artist in connection to the stencils has been an Instagram post captioned, “Fifty years since the uprising in Paris 1968. The birthplace of modern stencil art.” (Philippe Lopez / AFP) View Photos in a new improved layout
Updated on Jun 28, 2018 09:31 AM IST

The only official link so far from the artist in connection to the stencils has been an Instagram post captioned, “Fifty years since the uprising in Paris 1968. The birthplace of modern stencil art.” (Philippe Lopez / AFP)

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