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A National treasure of France is a cultural good of major importance to the heritage of France from the point of view of art, history, or archeology. It is officially designated as such when a particular good has been the subject of a refusal of an export certificate which temporarily prevents its exit from the territory of France.
National treasures are defined in article L.111-1 of the French heritage code:
- Goods belonging to the collections of museums in France
- Public archives as well as goods classified as historical archives
- Properties classified as historical monuments
- Other goods forming part of the movable public domain (art. L. 2112-1 of the general code of the property of public persons)
- Other properties of major interest for the national heritage from the point of view of history, art, or archeology.
- ^ "Qu'est-ce qu'un trésor national ?". Connaissance des Arts. December 22, 2006.