It will now be restored for the first time since 1870, two years after an agreement between the two countries for the loan of the tapestry to Britain, which was questioned.
Antoine Verney, chief curator of the Bayeux museum, said: “While this is disappointing news to hear, we will continue to work with our French counterparts to examine options to bring this artifact home.
“The tapestry is an old lady nearly 1,000 years old, a very, very fine linen canvas embroidered with wool that now shows multiple signs of deterioration.
“This is the main reason for this intervention. ”
Loic Jamin, deputy mayor of Bayeux in charge of tourism, said that after its restoration, he will not be allowed to leave France.
He said, “The only justification for possibly moving it is to restore it. ”
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The loan of the tapestry for exhibition in Britain was announced during a meeting in 2018 between former Prime Minister Theresa May and French President Emmanuel Macron, which was seen as a sign of Franco-British ties narrow would continue after Brexit.
They had said the loan would take place in 2022, but that now seems impossible due to the restoration which is not expected to be completed until 2024.
The Tapestry is owned by the French State and attracts 400,000 visitors a year, 70% of whom are from abroad.
Loan of the tapestry for display in England had been considered twice before, but the plans never materialized.