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Why is France so fascinated by exhibitions on Ancient Egypt?

An immersive exhibition about Egyptian pharaohs opened on Friday at the Ateliers des Lumières in Paris. It's the fourth expo on Ancient Egypt to be shown in the French capital since 2019, when artefacts from the tomb of Tutankhamun attracted a record number of visitors.

Projections of art pieces from the Louvre and the Egyptian museum in Cairo (EMC) adorn the walls of the 2,000 square metre Atelier des Lumières. They're accompanied by classical and contemporary music, some from the soundtrack of films.

"The selection is based on art pieces that have been remarkably conserved despite the millennia that separates us from this civilisation," the exhibition's artistic director, Virginie Martin, told RFI.

She also uses new technology based on the 3D reconstitution of temples. Some of the projections come from the original Assassin's Creed video game, which was set in Egypt.

"There really is a love, a passion for the Orient and especially for Egypt," French Egyptologist Jean-Guillaume Olette-Pelletier, the exhibition's scientific advisor, told RFI.

"Because Egypt is a land of mysteries, it's still very much part of our collective imagination, especially in France."

There's been a longstanding relationship between Egypt and France ever since Napoloen Bonaparte led his Egyptian Expedition from 1798 to 1801.


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