Frenchman fronting court over alleged Picasso thefts

A Frenchman who kept nearly 300 Picassos hidden in his garage will face court today over the alleged thefts.

The retired electrician said he was hired to work on Picasso’s home before the artist died in 1973, becoming close friends with the man and his wife.

He says Jacqueline Picasso gifted him the nearly 300 drawings and sketches when he finished job, but the Picasso administration says it’s likely the works were stolen.

Administration lawyer Jean-Jacques Neuer says “If someone gives you 271 Picasso works, you remember that."

The trial is expected to last three days.