A 16th century oil painting that fell into Nazi hands during World War II was returned by France's government to a Jewish couple's heirs Monday.
The Flemish painting "Triptych of the Crucifixion" is attributed to Joachim Patinir and it had sat unclaimed in a French museum for seven decades.
French Culture Minister Francoise Nyssen presented it to the grandchildren of Hertha and Henry Bromberg during a ceremony at Paris' culture ministry.
The Jewish couple sold works under duress to secure their passage from Nazi Germany to the United States.
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"The feeling of thanks and gratitude is more valuable than the painting itself," said a grandson, Christopher Bromberg.
France has in recent years stepped up efforts to identify the owners of lost or looted World War II treasures.