France returns 26 looted royal treasures to Benin

France returns 26 looted royal treasures to Benin
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Meanwhile, the president of the former French colony of Benin has now signed an agreement to take back from France 26 pieces of art that were plundered by the French in the 19th century. Now the process of handing back the artworks was first promised by Emmanuel Macron in 2017, and the handover marks a milestone in the years-long fight by African nations to recover the artworks that were plundered by many of these Colonizers.

France and Benin formally sealed an agreement on Tuesday for the return of 26 artworks to the one-time French colony Bernie's president, Patrice Tallon met with his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron in Paris, where the latter praised Lenin's courage to demand and demand again what was owed to you. Today's gesture is the possibility for the youth of Benin of Africa to see again the works of its history and heritage to be able to admire them at home, and I wish for this movement to carry on and that what is universal, be accessible in cottonwood as Much as in Paris - and we will continue this work together. The 26 artifacts were stolen from the kingdom in 1892.


They have been displayed at The Quai Branly Museum ahead of the official restitution. The works are among 5, 000 requested by Benin. A point made by talon you'll agree with me that the restitution of 26 artworks we're celebrating today is only a step in the ambitious process of equity and of restitution of memorial heritage Extorted from the territory of the Benin kingdoms.


The handover marks a milestone in the years-long fight by African countries to recover pillaged works and at a time when numerous European institutions are grappling with the cultural legacies of colonialism

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