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TOPSHOT - A man walks past a recent artwork by street artist Banksy in Paris on June 24, 2018. - Anonymous street artist Banksy's artwork of a girl painting over a swastika cross has reportedly been first found on World Refugee Day, on June 20, 2018, in northern Paris, near a former centre of initial reception (CPA) for refugees. (Photo by Philippe LOPEZ / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY MENTION OF THE ARTIST UPON PUBLICATION - TO ILLUSTRATE THE EVENT AS SPECIFIED IN THE CAPTION (Photo credit should read PHILIPPE LOPEZ/AFP/Getty Images)
A man walks past a recent artwork by street artist Banksy in Paris on June 24, 2018. - Anonymous street artist Banksy's artwork of a man holding a handsaw behind his back and offering a bone to a dog which leg has been cut off, has been found near the Sorbonne University, in the center of Paris over the weekend. (Photo by Philippe LOPEZ / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY MENTION OF THE ARTIST UPON PUBLICATION - TO ILLUSTRATE THE EVENT AS SPECIFIED IN THE CAPTION (Photo credit should read PHILIPPE LOPEZ/AFP/Getty Images)
A boy looks at a recent artwork by street artist Banksy in Paris on June 25, 2018. - Anonymous street artist Banksy's artwork of Napoleon Bonaparte wearing a headscarf inspired by the original painting by Jacques-Louis David has been found, in northern Paris over the weekend. (Photo by Philippe LOPEZ / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY MENTION OF THE ARTIST UPON PUBLICATION - TO ILLUSTRATE THE EVENT AS SPECIFIED IN THE CAPTION (Photo credit should read PHILIPPE LOPEZ/AFP/Getty Images)
A woman walks past a recent artwork by street artist Banksy in Paris on June 25, 2018. - The mysterious British street artist Banksy appears to have taken aim at the French government's crackdown on migrants in a series of new murals in Paris. (Photo by Philippe LOPEZ / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY MENTION OF THE ARTIST UPON PUBLICATION - TO ILLUSTRATE THE EVENT AS SPECIFIED IN THE CAPTION (Photo credit should read PHILIPPE LOPEZ/AFP/Getty Images)
A man walks past a recent artwork by street artist Banksy in Paris on June 25, 2018. - The mysterious British street artist Banksy appears to have taken aim at the French government's crackdown on migrants in a series of new murals in Paris. (Photo by Philippe LOPEZ / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY MENTION OF THE ARTIST UPON PUBLICATION - TO ILLUSTRATE THE EVENT AS SPECIFIED IN THE CAPTION (Photo credit should read PHILIPPE LOPEZ/AFP/Getty Images)
A woman (bottom-R) walks past a recent artwork by street artist Banksy in Paris on June 25, 2018. - The mysterious British street artist Banksy appears to have taken aim at the French government's crackdown on migrants in a series of new murals in Paris. (Photo by Philippe LOPEZ / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY MENTION OF THE ARTIST UPON PUBLICATION - TO ILLUSTRATE THE EVENT AS SPECIFIED IN THE CAPTION (Photo credit should read PHILIPPE LOPEZ/AFP/Getty Images)
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PARIS, June 25 (Reuters) - Banksy has painted walls in Paris with murals on the theme of migration - a political act by the "hit-and-run" graffiti artist as governments row over how to treat people fleeing to Europe.

The works are believed to have started to appear as early as last Wednesday, U.N.-designated World Refugee Day, and some have already been vandalized.

One mural, on a street in northern Paris where migrants sleep rough, shows a black girl spraying a pink wallpaper pattern over a swastika. The painting was subsequently defaced to make it look like she was painting the Nazi symbol herself.

Others carry signature traits of the British artist, such as a rat familiar in his other works, in this case flying through the air on the cork from a champagne bottle.

A PR agent who has worked for Banksy in the past did not respond to a request for comment.

Banksy, whose real identity is unknown, is famous for outdoor graffiti, including on Israel's barrier at the West Bank and Disneyland where he painted a life-size figure of a Guantanamo Bay detainee.

Once a small-time graffiti artist from the English town of Bristol, Banksy's work has become hugely valuable. French authorities placed a protective cover over his painting of Apple founder Steve Jobs as a refugee on a wall at a migrant camp in Calais in 2015. ($1 = 0.7530 pounds) (Reporting by Thierry Chiarello; Writing by Brian Love; Editing by Richard Lough and Robin Pomeroy)

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