France says it will return stolen African artifacts


France is set to return stolen art treasures to Benin after an order from French President Emmanuel Macron.

According to the 108-page report, “The Restitution of African Cultural Heritage.

Toward a New Relational Ethics,” authored by Senegalese economist Felwine Sarr and French historian Bénédicte Savoy, art collections in France now possess some 90,000 pieces of work from sub-Saharan Africa. The Paris-based Quai Branly museum—which features indigenous art from Africa, Asia, Oceania and the Americas—alone holds approximately 70,000 works from Africa.

These objects are not only worth millions of dollars but are also evidence of cultural patrimony looted from African nations. France’s Macron is now heeding the demands of continental and diaspora Africans that these works…

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