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what is the "simple" law on treasure trove in France

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what is the "simple" law on treasure trove in France
A treasure belongs to the owner of the land on which (or under which) it was found. Someone looking for a treasure on someone else's land without the landlord's agreement may face criminal proceedings.
If a treasure is found "accidentally" - law says "in a fortuitous manner", it is shared equally between the landlord and the "inventor" (he/she who finds it).
However, if the treasure has any archaeological value, it must be declared to the State which can keep it for a maximum duration of 5 years. Thereafter the treasure is returned to its rightful owners (see above).
One is not allowed to search or dig for archaeological artifacts without a permit granted by state authorities - even in one's home...
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