Time for France to give back looted African art – Restitution of cultural artefacts


Restitution of cultural artefacts

The debate over the restitution of thousands of African cultural artefacts from France has become heated, but in West Africa conservators prefer to call it “collaboration” and are preparing for their return.

(In pic: A visitor looks at the wooden and metal throne of the King Ghezo of the Dahomey kingdom, dated 19th century, today’s Benin at Quai Branly museum in Paris, France)

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Restoring without delay

Restoring without delay

The French presidency announced that it was restoring “without delay” 26 works plundered by the French army in 1892 and claimed by the authorities in Benin.

The recommendations come with the delivery of a non-binding report that proposes a change in legislation and urges the return of museum artefacts to Africa from France.

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To the kingdom of priceless wealth

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