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Prosecutor seeks symbolic sentence over disputed Picassos

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 A French prosecutor is not seeking prison terms for an electrician and his wife accused of hiding 271 stolen works by Pablo Picasso for decades.

   The prosecutor, in closing arguments in a high-profile trial Thursday in southern France, sought a five-year suspended sentence for Pierre Le Guennec and his wife, Danielle.

   The couple could be ordered to pay damages. The verdict comes March 20, according to Picasso family lawyer Jean-Jacques Neuer.

   The Le Guennecs claim that Picasso or his wife gave them the lithographs, collages, paintings and drawings around 1970. Long kept in a garage, they have never been displayed publicly.

   Heirs of Picasso and the prosecutor say the artist never gave away such a trove, which could be worth 60 million to 100 million euros ($68 to $113 million).

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