Nine Impressionist paintings that were stolen from a Paris museum during visiting hours five years ago, including Claude Monet's "Impression: Sunrise," have been recovered on the Mediterranean Island of Corsica, authorities said.

The paintings, which include four other works by Monet, two by Auguste Renoir and one by Berthe Morisot, were found by police Tuesday night in an apartment near Porto-Vecchio in the southern part of the French island.Police arrested seven people, including Donatien Comiti, 30, an unemployed Corsican bartender who had photographs of the stolen artworks, authorities said Thursday. Most of those arrested were later released.

Art experts said the overall worth of the nine paintings was difficult to determine, but police sources put their value at $20 million.