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What if the treasure. was from a pirate or other international

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What if the treasure. was from a pirate or other international theft in years gone by and was located in a French territory? On government land? Is it of archaelogical value? For example if the supposed pirate treasure of mauritius was located by a hobby metal detectorist would they keep it? They may have researched, put in a lot of work. looking for it, is it still fortuitous or deemed purposeful illegal activity without a permit? Indian Ocean or coastal france, is there a difference?

A hobby metal detectorist cannot search for archaeological artifacts on private, or public, land without an official license. Indian Ocean or Coastal France? If either on land or underwater, as long as it is on French land or maritime territory (in the Indian Ocean around La Réunion Island, or the Mayotte Archipelago, among other overseas territories in the Indian Ocean), the rules I detailed previously would apply.

In international waters, or in another country's territorial waters, these rules do not apply, of course.

The origin of the treasure, artifacts, found do not alter the answer given previously.

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