During the France-Africa summit, President Emmanuel Macron announced that his country would return works of art stolen in Benin in the 19th century. Benin demanded the return of the works of art from the so-called Behanzin Treasury, looted in 1892. This decision followed a report by scientists Benedicte Savoy of the College de France and Felwine Sarr of the University of Saint-Louis in Senegal.
French President Emmanuel Macron announced on Friday at the France-Africa summit in Montpellier that 26 works of art stolen from the Abomey Palace in the 19th century would be returned to Benin. Works of art located in France will also be returned to the Ivory Coast. The looted artifacts will return to Benin at the end of October, Macron announced during a meeting with Benin’s President Patrice Talon.
The French Parliament approves the return of the works to Benin
Benin demanded the return of works of art from the so-called The Behanzin Treasury, looted in 1892. This decision followed a report by scientists Benedicte Savoy of the College de France and Felwine Sarr of the University of Saint-Louis in Senegal. Both specialists proposed the restitution of tens of thousands of primitive works of art stolen in sub-Saharan Africa during colonization.
In December 2020, the French parliament approved the return of 26 works to Benin, currently stored at the Quai Branly-Jacques Chirac museum in Paris.
The restitution of works of art stolen from Africa is one of the most important points of the “new relations” that President Macron intends to establish with African countries, comments the AFP agency.
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