Africans cheer call for Macron to return treasures

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Africans museum directors on Wednesday welcomed an expert report calling on France to allow the return thousands of African treasures and artworks, a radical policy shift that could put pressure on other former colonial powers.

Calls have been growing in Africa for restitution, but French law strictly forbids the government from ceding state property, even in well-documented cases of pillaging.

French President Emmanuel Macron raised hopes in a speech last year in Burkina Faso, saying “Africa’s heritage cannot just be in European private collections and museums.”

He later asked French art historian Benedicte Savoy and Senegalese writer Felwine Sarr to study the matter, and they are to present Macron with their report on Friday.

According to a copy seen by AFP, they…

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