African heritage: France will restore 26 works claimed by Benin

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The Head of State, who undertook last year to study these refunds, also proposes "To gather in Paris in the first quarter of 2019 all African and European partners" to set the framework for a "Exchange policy" works of art.

Emmanuel Macron decided to return " without delay " 26 works demanded by the authorities of Benin, taken war of the French army in 1892, announced Friday, November 23 the Elysee, after the delivery of a report on the restitution by France of African works of art .

The Head of State, who undertook last year to study these refunds, also proposes "To gather in Paris in the first quarter of 2019 all African and European partners" to set the framework for a "Exchange policy" works of art.

The treasures of the powerful kingdom of Dahomey

The request for restitution was formalized in August 2016, by a letter from the Minister of Foreign Affairs Aurélien Agbénonci. He then demanded in the name of Benin the restitution of his cultural property. In this case the treasures of the powerful kingdom of Dahomey, carried by the colonial troops between 1892 and 1894. Major pieces held by the Quai-Branly Museum: two thrones, three giant statues, recades (power sticks), palace doors …

African heritage: bringing back the rich history and culture in Benin

On November 28, 2017, Emmanuel Macron decided on this thorny question of the return of African heritage during a speech noticed at the University of Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso. "The African heritage must be highlighted in Paris, but also in Dakar, Lagos, Cotonou (…) Within five years, I want conditions to be met for temporary or definitive restitution of African heritage to Africa", declared the president, suggesting a questioning of the sacrosanct principle of"Inalienable" brandished for decades by the state.

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