A mural depicting a rat wearing a face mask holding a penknife has been stolen from outside the Pompidou Centre in Paris.
The mural was on the back of a road sign in the 4th arrondissement and was stolen on Sunday, French police in the capital have launched an investigation.
The artwork by the world famous Banksy appeared in June 2018, and appeared on his Instagram account days later.
The Pompidou Centre said in a statement, “We are sad to inform you that Banksy’s work of art facing our building on rue Beaubourg was stolen during the night.
“Although this piece was not part of our collection, we were proud that the artist had chosen the side of our building to create it, as an homage to the events of May ’68. We are filing a legal complaint.”
The mural is thought to pay homage to the 50th anniversary of the May 1968 uprising where protests took place across Paris demanding the fall of Charles de Gaulle’s government.