|Le Guennec with attorneys Dupond-Morretti (r) and Vey|
|Claude Ruiz Picasso, a striking resemblance to his father|
In March 2015 a court in Grasse heard the case brought by the Picasso Administration and sentenced the couple Le Guennec to a two-year suspended prison term and a fine of €375,000. The couple appealed and the case was re-heard in Aix-en-Provence on October 31, 2016.
As I watched Claude Picasso, who manages the Picasso Administration and represents the six Picasso heirs, enter and take a seat, surrounded by his seven lawyers, opposite the rather fragile-looking elderly Mr. and Mrs. Le Guennec, represented by three lawyers, the David and Goliath image seemed fitting.
|Pablo and Jacqueline Picasso|
|Part of the seized artwork|
Like in a Hollywood film, the last minutes of this trial provided all the drama and a glimmer of hope for the defendants.
Nothing is certain, however, and the suspense will continue until December 16th when the verdict will be rendered.