Nabila Ramdani: sell the Mona Lisa to save us all?

"If you want to raise an enigmatic smile during any troubling situation, then there is always the Mona Lisa" says Nabila Ramdani. Pictured: Mona Lisa amongst the crowd at Louvre Museum, Paris, France
"If you want to raise an enigmatic smile during any troubling situation, then there is always the Mona Lisa" says Nabila Ramdani. Pictured: Mona Lisa amongst the crowd at Louvre Museum, Paris, France

Award-winning journalist Nabila Ramdani shares her opinion on why 'selling off the Mona Lisa won’t put smile back on face of virus-ravaged France', in her regular column for Connexion.

Nabila Ramdani is an award-winning French-Algerian journalist who specialises in French politics and the Arab world. Her articles feature in the French national press as well as internationally. She is a regular columnist in Connexion.

How to sell an icon

If you want to raise an enigmatic smile during any troubling situation, then there is always the Mona Lisa – known in France as La Joconde. Power brokers in France often use the world’s most famous painting to try and cheer the nation up.

La Joconde may be the work of an Italian, but it was bought by French King Francis I just before Leonardo da ...

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