Something in packaging scripts creates an empty
figures folder where it's not present before this packaging.
Where is it?
This folder is present in the
EDIT: I goofed... didn't check your path in the title of the question. Sorry, this path isn't removed, when you delete it from the template.
Almost any GNOME application (maybe GNOME 2) would create such folder with path:
... where [appname] is your GNOME application and folder
Cite from GNOME 2 Development Guide: