The painting by Flemish master Peter Paul Rubens, "The Triumph of Judas Maccabeus," was taken from the Tournai cathedral. It was created in 1635 for the bishop of Tournai, Radio France Internationale reported.
In Belgium Wednesday, French-speaking parliamentarians passed a resolution calling for the government "to undertake all useful steps to negotiate with France the restitution to the Tournai cathedral of Rubens' work 'The Triumph of Judas Maccabeus,'" RFI said.
French troops seized the painting and another Rubens work in 1794. Napoleon Bonaparte sent the painting to Nantes in Western France in 1801, where it is still in the municipal museum.