Grand Master Jean De Valette's sword and dagger were plundered or removed from Malta by Napoleon's french troops. Please RETURN this BACK to the Maltese Nation.

This protest is against the taking and looting of various treasures / items belonging to other nations such as what happened when French troops looted various items in Malta from palaces and churches. The French also took  the sword and dagger of La Valette which was still in Malta 200 years after Grand Master De Valette's death. This happened in the year January, 1799 when the French troops also shot and killed Dun Mikiel Xerri with 17 others on the 17th day of January. The Maltese were fed up of their occupance and had planned a plot as they were left without food etc.

Henry Frendo wrote "churches and monasteries" were "robbed" by the French troops, "silver and gold melted at the mint, tapestries and whatever auctioned to the highest bidder".  Indeed he quotes an account referencing "the marauding and looting French troops".

When the French troops discovered this, before it could be executed by this Maltese group, a total of 49 people were arrested for plotted an insurrection, and Dun M. Xerri was among them when he was shot near the Governor's Palace.

So the troops looted all our Palaces and Churches and took their treasures. Those that participated in this plot where finally killed in front of the President Palace, Valletta, Malta. The greatest treasure stolen was the sword and dagger of the GrandMaster La Valette, being a special gift from King Philippe II of Spain in remembrance of the 1565 seige on the islands. For this reason we expect that the French Nation / President would do just as the Italians did when returned various artifacts taken/stolen from other countries during their colonial period. The various arts and all other precious treasures that had been taken or looted or stolen actually belonged to the Maltese Nation and not to the French nation.

(6) The French under Napoleon usurped all the Maltese treasures and riches which they could carry away on their ships back to France. Such a task was normally was done by pirates and not by a civilized nation. For this reason we expect that these treasures be returned back to the Maltese Nation to effect justification of what Napoleon had done in those days.

(7) A form of art theft occurs when cultural treasures from developing countries are plundered or removed, and then they are "sold on the international market or displayed in museums. The latter practice is commonly known as elginism, after Thomas Bruce, 7th earl of Elgin, a British ambassador who acquired a collection of Greek sculptures that has subsequently become known as the Elgin Marbles. Such cases demonstrate that there may be complex moral and legal issues that arise when stolen art passes on to the legitimate art market and into the hands of buyers who purchase in good faith." (Polk, K. Art Theft)

 THIS PICTURE OF THE SWORD IS NOT THE ORIGINAL BUT A 3D RENDERING. Sources:1) http://sharonwaxman.typepad.com/loot/2) http://www.executedtoday.com/category/when/18th-century/3) http://www.underwaterdiscovery.org/Sitemap/Project/Project Articel.aspx 4) http://www.maltafilmextras.com/custom/page_history.html5) http://www.orderofmaltacolombia.org/pdf_files/TheTreasur eoftheKnight.pdf 6) http://www.Deejjemmalta.weebly.com 7) http://www.apokalupsis.com for the 3d render with permission.  8. http://www.historyofwar.org/articles/battles_nile.html
 9) https://www.britannica.com/topic/art-theft10) "The French in Malta 1798 - 1800 : reflections on an insurrection", Frendo, H.