One of Picasso's daughters has given eight of his artworks and a book of drawings to the French state in lieu of inheritance tax at a ceremony on Monday.
Six paintings and two statues by the Spanish master were handed over to the state-run Picasso Museum in Paris by his daughter Maya Ruiz-Picasso, his daughter by French model Marie-Therese Walter.
They include "The child with the lollipop sitting under a chair", likely featuring Maya as a child, and representing a fearful world on the eve of World War II, according to grandson Olivier Widmaier Picasso.
He was at a press conference at the museum alongside Culture Minister Roselyne Bachelot, who called the donation "one of the most important of recent decades".
The works were heirlooms for his children, and include a statue in a Polynesian style of a type the artist kept as totems in his workshop.
The oldest work is dated to 1895 -- a traditional portrait of his father, "Don Jose Ruiz", also a painter.
The most recent is "Head of a Man", a cubist portrait from summer 1971, two years before his death at the age of 91.
The works included "The child with the lollipop sitting under a chair" POOL/AFP
They will be on show at the Picasso Museum, which has the largest collection of his works in the world, from April 2022.
The value of the works was not given for reasons of tax secrecy, as the donation allows 86-year-old Ruiz-Picasso to pay off her inheritance tax in kind.
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Fox News presented a segment on Monday which criticized President Joe Biden for exercising by riding a bicycle.
After Biden was seen riding a bicycle in Delaware over the weekend, Fox News host Harris Faulkner asked Rachel Campos-Duffy to comment on the president's health.
"Being the leader of the free world has to be the most demanding job in the whole world and he simply does not have the mental or physical stamina to do this job," Campos-Duffy opined as Fox News played a video of Biden riding his bike.
"That is why his handlers and his wife, who by the way look increasingly like Visiting Angels, have to schedule in these senior breaks for him so he can take naps and go for bike rides because he can't concentrate on the job the way he should," she said.
Campos-Duffy added: "I mean, just compare it to President Donald Trump, who worked these long, long hours and had impromptu hourlong pressers with the media."
The Washington Post reported in 2019 that Trump had spent a third of his presidency at his properties, where he played hundreds of rounds of golf.
"Over the course of his presidency, Trump has visited a Trump-owned or branded property on three out of every 10 days," the report noted.
Trump, however, was never spotted riding a bicycle.
Watch the video below from Fox News.
A former Texas police officer faces up to six months in prison after pleading guilty to charges in the U.S. Capitol riot.
Tam Dinh Pham pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of parading, demonstrating or picketing inside the Capitol building on Jan. 6, when Donald Trump supporters stormed inside in an effort to overturn his election loss.
The 49-year-old Pham was turned in by Houston police chief Art Acevado after seeing Facebook photos linking him to the riot, and the officer initially lied to FBI agents about going inside the Capitol but agreed to cooperate after agents found photos of him the rotunda in the deleted photos section of his phone.
Pham denied being a member of right-wing social media groups and claimed he attended the "Stop the Steal" gathering because he wanted to "see history," and he told investigators that he followed other Trump supporters into the Capitol following the former president's speech.
The officer, who resigned from the police force following his arrest, faces a maximum prison term of six months.
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