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Lascaux Cave visit

Photo: Philippe Wojazer/AFP

Photo: Philippe Wojazer/AFP

French President Nicolas Sarkozy (second from right) and his wife Carla Bruni-Sarkozy (right) looking at prehistoric paintings of extinct bulls during a visit with scientists at the Lascaux Cave in southwestern France as part of the 70th anniversary of its rediscovery. The Lascaux cave has been closed to the public since 1963 to prevent deterioration of the art caused by humidity and warmth from visitors. A visitors’ centre has been built outside the cave, with replicas of the painted chambers, and receives around 300,000 tourists each year.

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